Bon Secours offers free screenings for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September 6, 2022

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men, and one of the leading causes of cancer death. Early detection is crucial, so Bon Secours is offering free prostate screenings for those most at risk this September.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) says African American men are more likely to get prostate cancer than other men. They’re also more than twice as likely to die from prostate cancer than other men. The disease also tends to hit them at an earlier age, meaning the cancer is often at a more advanced stage when found.

“One out of six African American males will be diagnosed with prostate or colorectal cancer.  We can change these numbers for the better with the community’s help.  Please help us spread the word by encouraging those you know to participate,” said Sean Dogan, Director of Community Health for Bon Secours St. Francis.

The Bon Secours African American Clergy G.A.C.E. Initiative will provide free prostate and colorectal screenings via the mobile medical van from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on two separate dates this month:

Tuesday, September 20th
Calvary First Baptist Church
11 Tampa Street, Greenville

Thursday, September 29th
Greenville Technical College
506 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville

Screenings will be offered to African American males, ages 45 to 69, or those 40 and up if they have a family history of the disease. Prostate screenings typically involve a rectal exam as well as a blood test to check prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

If cancer is detected, a urologist can explain the type of prostate cancer found. Less aggressive cancers may not require treatment, only monitoring. If it’s a more serious form of the disease, various treatment options may be utilized including surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, chemotherapy, etc.

Anyone with questions or hoping to make an appointment, can call 864-747-5846. You can also learn more about prostate cancer and the treatment options available at Bon Secours by visiting


About Bon Secours

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the 20 largest health systems in the United States and the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. The ministry’s quality, compassionate care is provided by more than 60,000 associates serving communities in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia, as well as throughout Ireland. Bon Secours St. Francis Health System provides compassionate medical care to thousands of area residents through Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown and Bon Secours St. Francis Eastside, as well as a network of primary and specialty care practices, and ambulatory care sites across the Greenville region. Consistent with its commitment to serve each patient with dignity, Bon Secours Mercy Health.