Free Prostate Cancer Screenings at MEDIC

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Eddie Check® and the Provision Center for Proton Therapy
Team Up for Blood Drive and Free PSA Screenings
Available at 11 Different East Tennessee locations across 9 counties Sept 19-20.

Unbelievably, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime - and one in 36 will die from it. Prostate cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most common cancer in American men and second only to lung cancer as the leading cancer-based cause of death in American men.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in the U.S. during 2013, about 238,590 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, and 29,720 men will die from it.

But there's still good news. If prostate cancer is caught early, the 5-year survival rate is nearly 100%. The numbers say it all: Get tested!

Prostate cancer is rare before age 40, so if you are 40 or older, the first step is a free, simple PSA screening that only requires a blood sample. "PSA" stands for prostate-specific antigen, a protein produced by prostate cells.

The PSA test is done to help diagnose and follow prostate cancer in men. No certain PSA level is called normal or abnormal, and an elevated level does not mean you have prostate cancer - only a biopsy can diagnose cancer. Always discuss PSA test results with your doctor.

In 2004, Rockford-based Nisus Corporation, a manufacturer of products for the professional pest management industry, teamed up with area hospitals and MEDIC Regional Blood Center to create Eddie Check, an annual event that adds free PSA screening for prostate cancer to blood drives.

It was a simple strategy using MEDIC's already existing resources to make it fast and easy for men to get a blood sample drawn for the screening.

Nisus has a personal stake in the fight; marketing vice president Jim Gorman is a prostate cancer survivor, while company president Kevin L. Kirkland lost his father, Eddie Kirkland, to the disease. In fact, "Eddie Check" is named for Eddie Kirkland.

This year, Nisus and MEDIC are joined by the Provision Center for Proton Therapy as well as sponsors WVLT Volunteer TV, WIVK FM 107.7, The Sports Animal, NewsTalk 98.7 FM, the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Rip Noel Studios (media production) and Abacus Arts, Inc. (web hosting and design).

Eddie Check will be held at seven locations on Thursday and seven on Friday (11 different locations) in nine East Tennessee counties including Knox, Anderson, Scott, Jefferson, Hamblen, Cocke, Blount, Roane and McMinn.

Blood samples for PSA screening will be taken at every location during all hours, even if you don't donate blood. This free PSA screening is available for men 40 years of age or older, or in the event of family history, at an age 10 years younger than the affected relative's age at his cancer onset.

Thursday, September 19
· MEDIC Regional Blood Center, Headquarters, 1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville, 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Hallerin Hill News/Talk 98.7 FM remote, 5:30-10:00 a.m.; Sports Animal remote, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
· MEDIC Regional Blood Center, 11000 Kingston Pike (behind Pittsburgh Paints), Knoxville, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
· Provision Center for Proton Therapy, 6450 Provision Cares Way (lobby), Knoxville, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Gunner WIVK FM remote, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Phil Williams News/Talk 98.7 FM remote, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
· Walmart, 19740 Alberta St., Oneida (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
· Walmart, 630 E. Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
· Walmart, 475 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy., Morristown (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
· Books-A-Million, 310 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 20

Lowe's/Athens, 10am - 6pm, Bloodmobile.
Lowe's/Harriman, 10am - 6pm, Bloodmobile.
New Midland Plaza/Alcoa, 10am - 6pm, Bloodmobile.
Provision Center for Proton Therapy/Dowell Springs, 10am - 6pm, Inside Lobby.
Walmart/Newport, 10am - 6pm, Bloodmobile.
University Center, 9am - 5pm, Suites 223-225.
MEDIC Headquarters,1601 Ailor Avenue, 8am- 6:30pm
MEDIC Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike (behind Pittsburgh Paints), 7am- 5pm

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