Men between the ages of 50-70 are encouraged to make an appointment for a free prostate exam this month.

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UT Medical Center is offerering free prostate exams in September, in conjunction with National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

The screenings are for men between the ages of 50-70. African American and men with a family history of prostate cancer can be screened at an earlier age.

UT says one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in his life and more than 238,000 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013. Early detection greatly increases the chances of survival. Experts say through early diagnosis and proper care and treatment, the survival rate is approaching 100 percent.

The free screenings offered by UT Medical Center include the following:

• Saturday, September 7 at UT Internal Medicine Hardin Valley, 2587 Willow Point Way

from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

• Tuesday, September 17 at UT Medical Center Cancer Institute, 1926 Alcoa Hwy., Building F

from 1-4 p.m.

• Friday, September 20 at UT Medical Center Cancer Institute, 1926 Alcoa Hwy., Building F

from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

• Thursday, September 26 – 6 p.m. at Urology & Urologic Surgery, 1437 West Morris Blvd.

in Morristown from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The screenings include a digital rectal exam and a blood test, called Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). Appointments are necessary for the free screenings. To reserve your appointment, call UT Medical Center's Healthcare Coordination Office at (865) 305-6970 or 1 (877) UT CARES (1-877-882-2737).

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