Check Up 13

Welcome to Check Up 13, in partnering with St. Vincent

WTHR, Channel 13, and Anne Marie Tiernon, co-anchor and health reporter, have partnered with St. Vincent, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system, on an initiative called Check Up 13. The goal of the program is to educate and encourage Indiana residents to take a proactive role in their own health. Check Up 13 includes news stories that will air on the 13th of every month during the Health Beat segment. The program will highlight St. Vincent medical staff and focus on the health topic screening, event or promotion for that month.

September Check Up 13: Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in America – and also one of the most treatable. One in six American men is diagnosed with prostate cancer.

There are about 250,000 new cases diagnosed each year, and a man who does not smoke is more likely to develop prostate cancer than colon cancer, bladder cancer, melanoma, lymphoma, and kidney cancer combined. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, men are 35 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Prostate cancer is serious, but it is also very treatable if detected early. It is generally a slow-growing cancer and nearly 100 percent of men whose prostate cancer is detected before it spreads to other parts of the body are disease-free after five years.

Today, there are nearly 2 million Americans living with prostate cancer.

The screening openings have all been filled for the month.