News Briefs for Sept. 7

September 07, 2004

Free screening for prostate cancer

Central Kentucky Cancer Program in partnership with Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation is making it easier for prostate cancer to be detected early. The CKCP is offering free screenings for prostate cancer during the week of Sept. 19-25, which is Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.

Appointments for the free screenings can be scheduled beginning today by calling (859) 239-2453. A limited number of screening appointments are available.

Screenings will be available at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 20; 1-3 p.m. Sept. 21 and 22; and 9-11 a.m. Sept. 23 and 24.


Screening is important because the disease usually has no symptoms, especially in its earliest stages. Typical symptoms include weak or interrupted flow of urine, inability to urinate or difficulty in beginning to urinate, need to urinate frequently, especially at night, blood in urine or semen, and continuing pain in the lower back, pelvis or upper thighs

The screening will consist of a digital rectal exam and a PSA blood test, which measures the prostate specific antigen produced by the prostate.

To fit the criteria to be screened, all participants must not currently be diagnosed with prostate cancer, not currently be under the care of a urologist, be over the age of 40, or over the age of 35 if at high risk, and not have had a PSA in the past year.

Quilting retreat planned in Danville

Lincoln County Extension Service, Boyle County Extension Service, and Wilderness Road Quilt Co. will sponsor a quilting retreat Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 at Danville Convention and Conference Center on Ben All Drive.

The retreat will start at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 and end at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 and is open to anyone.

Registration is $60 plus the cost of any supplies. Classes include Wheel of Mystery quilt, Circular Patchwork Placemats, Pinetree Plaid Table Runner, Any Season Table Runner, Building Blocks quilt, fabric bowls and fabric boxes. Participants also will learn about new quilting products, see items from different trunk shows, and ask questions of qualified instructors.

The first 20 people who register will have the chance to sew on a Bernina machine provided by Wilderness Road Quilt Co. for use during the retreat. Registration is limited to 40 people. Payment is required when registering.

Samples of the items to be made are available at Wilderness Road Quilt Co. Contact the Boyle County Extension Service at (859) 238-4484, Lincoln County Extension Service at (606) 365-2447, or Wilderness Road Quilt Co. at (859) 236-1175 for registration information.

Send registration with payment to the Boyle County Extension Service by Thursday.

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