Rutherford Regional to hold free prostate cancer screening June 24

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rutherford Regional Health System’s Cancer Resource Center will hold a free community prostate cancer screening, including PSA blood test and prostate exam by Dr. Glover Little of Rutherford Urology on Tuesday, June 24.
The screenings will take place at the RRHS Cancer Resource Center in Forest City from 5 – 7 p.m.  Pre-registration is required by calling the Cancer Resource Center at 828-245-4596.
Dr. Glover Little is a board certified Urologist with over 30 years experience.  Partnering with the Cancer Resource Center, Dr. Little and Rutherford Regional Health System regularly provide free prostate screenings to the community.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men.  One out of every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
It is estimated that in 2014, the United States will experience 233,000 new cases of prostate cancer and 29,480 men will die from prostate cancer.  The American Cancer Society also notes that “prostate cancer can be a serious disease, but most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it.  In fact, more than 2.5 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.”
Prostate cancer can generally be detected early due to testing for the amount of prostate-specific antigen or PSA in a man’s blood, as well as by the performance of a digital rectal exam, also known as DRE.  PSA is a substance made by cells in the prostate gland and can be found in the blood.  The chance of being diagnosed with prostate cancer goes up as the PSA level goes up.
Males age 50 or older, African Americans age 45 or older, or those who have a close family history of prostate cancer should be screened for prostate cancer after consulting with your doctor.
Prostate cancer in its early stages usually causes no symptoms.
However, advanced prostate cancers can cause symptoms such as problems passing urine, blood in urine, trouble getting an erection, pain in the hips, back, chest, or other areas, and weakness or numbness in the legs or feet.
To get more information on Dr. Glover Little and prostate cancer, visit

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by Taylor Wilson

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