Roswell Park, Buffalo Sabres host prostate cancer screening event at KeyBank Center Monday afternoon

Did you know one in eight men overall, and one in six Black men, will test positive for prostate cancer in their lifetime? And that, when caught early, prostate cancer is very treatable and has a high survival rate?

Screening for prostate cancer is something many men avoid, given that the test requires two steps: A blood test to determine the man’s prostate-specific antigen level, a protein that indicates the presence of prostate cancer, and a digital rectal exam (DRE), in which a doctor feels for indications of an enlarged prostate.

To make the exam a little less stressful, and to make the whole experience a little less daunting, the Buffalo Sabres are once again hosting a prostate cancer early detection event in partnership with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event takes place this Monday, May 13, from 3-7 p.m. at KeyBank Center.

In addition to the prostate screening, there will be refreshments, tours of KeyBank Center and opportunities to meet with Sabres alumni.

Prostate cancer screenings are recommended starting at age 45 for most men, but if there’s a family history of prostate cancer (especially in a father or brother), a known genetic mutation such as BRCA1, BRCA 2 or other traits that can be inherited, or people who are of African-American or Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, screening should begin at the age of 40, as these men are considered to be at a higher risk for developing prostate cancer. Men and those assigned male at birth are encouraged to have a prostate exam every year from the ages of 45-

69 and to discuss their PSA levels with their doctor after age 70 to determine whether additional testing is needed.

Not all men who are found to have prostate cancer will need surgery; treatment is determined based on how advanced the cancer is at the time of diagnosis and based on family history and other risk factors.

For more information on the prostate screening event, and to register for screening, go to

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