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Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

September 6, 2011

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is offering free prostate cancer screenings on September 26, 27, 29 and 30 at The Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown. Registration is required. To schedule an exam, please call The Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by September 19, 2011. Appointments are limited and will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

The exam consists of a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, each of which takes about a minute to perform. The combination of these two methods is the most effective procedure for detecting prostate cancer at an early stage. The prostate screening program is for men who meet the following criteria:

• Have not been under the care of a urologist in the past 5 years;

• Have no personal history of prostate cancer;

• Are between the ages of 40 – 75

Free Healthy Heart Screenings will also be available. Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program is a free mobile clinic that assesses your risk of heart disease. This program travels to local communities, providing cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tests and offers cardiac education and support. The results will determine your risk for heart disease. No appointment is necessary for Healthy Heart Screening.

Orange Regional is a participant in the Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer campaign, a national public awareness campaign to promote the American Urological Association (AUA) prostate cancer guidelines. The AUA and the National Football League (NFL) have joined forces to launch this campaign to bring awareness to the importance or prostate health and Orange Regional will bring this message to the local level.

According to the Prostate Cancer Education Council, one out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. If detected early, treatment options are much broader, and the chances for a cure are much greater. For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center, please call 1-888-321-ORMC or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

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