Eddie Check program offers free prostate cancer checks in 6 Tennessee counties

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015 more than 220,800 cases new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 27,540 of those men will die from it.

However, the American Cancer Society said if prostate cancer is caught early, the five-year-survival rate is nearly 100 percent. That is why MEDIC Regional Blood Center, Provision Center for Proton Therapy and the Nisus Corporation are teaming up to encourage men to get tested early through there Eddie Check program.

Free checks will held at six locations in Knox, Anderson, Scott, Hamblen, Cocke, Blount, Roane and McMinn counties. A blood sample will be taken to test for the levels of a prostate specific antigen (PSA) found in the blood. The levels of PSA in the blood can be higher in men who have prostate cancer.

Men getting the PSA check can also donate blood at the same time. A sample of blood is taken during the time of donation, however no blood donation is necessary for the PSA test.

MEDIC will draw all samples, which will then be analyzed by an independent laboratory funded by the Provision CARES Foundation.

Free cholesterol screenings, refreshments and a special Tennessee vs. Florida “Tail” Gate T-shirt will be provided by MEDIC.

Who should get checked?

Organizations vary in their recommendations about who should and shouldn’t get a PSA screening test. They typically encourage men between the ages of 40 and 75 and men with an increased risk of prostate cancer to get the test.

As men get older, their chances of having prostate cancer go up. African American men and men that have a father or brother who has prostate cancer before the age of 65 are at a higher risk according to the American Society.

Eddie Check Locations

Thursday, September 17

  • MEDIC Donor Center, 1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville, 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Donor Center-Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike (behind Pittsburgh Paints), Farragut, 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Provision Center for Proton Therapy, 6450 Provision Cares Way, Knoxville (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.
  • Walmart-Morristown, 475 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy., Morristown (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Walmart-Oneida, 19740 Alberta St., Oneida (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 18

  • MEDIC Donor Center, Headquarters, 1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville, 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • MEDIC Donor Center-Farragut, 11000 Kingston Pike (behind Pittsburgh Paints), Farragut, 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Provision Center for Proton Therapy, 6450 Provision Cares Way, Knoxville (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Walmart-Newport, 1075 Cosby Hwy., Newport (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • New Midland Plaza, 232 S. Calderwood St., Alcoa (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Lowe’s-Athens, 1751 South Congress Pkwy., Athens (Bloodmobile), 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Kingston Church of Christ, Kingston, 120 Spring Street, 10am to 6pm, Family Center Room

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