Originally created 09/09/06

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Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this weekend include:

AROUND TOWN

TODAY

SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE: The Aiken Community Playhouse will present the show at 8 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Tickets cost $17 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for pupils and $6 for ages 12 and younger. Call (803) 648-1438 or visit www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

CAR SHOW: The car show will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 442 Pine Log Road, Beech Island, and will feature bikes, trucks and tractors. Free dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries; The cost is $25 per vehicle. For more information, call (803) 827-0189.

SUNDAY

CSRA CHESS CLUB: The club will meet at 5 p.m. at Borders Books Music & Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway. For more information, call (706) 737-6962.


BE INFORMED OF PROSTATE CANCER

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and urologists and other physicians at MCG Health System recommend that men older than 50 undergo two painless tests - a physical exam and a blood test - to check for signs of prostate cancer.

Black men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are recommended to begin prostate cancer checks at age 40.

WHAT IS IT?

Prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer that can be detected with a digital rectal exam and a blood test to check the prostate specific antigen, or PSA.

These tests might indicate a need for further testing, such as a biopsy. If a biopsy confirms the presence of cancer, early detection gives patients the most treatment options.

WHO'S AT RISK?

- Black men

- Older men. The risk of prostate cancer increases with age.

- Those whose diet is high in animal fat.

- Those with a family history of prostate cancer. If a man's father or an older sibling has had it, he is at increased risk.

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

- Prostate removal, via traditional or laparoscopic methods

- Radiation therapy, including implantation of radioactive seeds in the prostate that helps spare normal tissue

- Chemotherapy

- Investigational therapies such as cryotherapy

- Hormone therapy

HOW TO PREVENT IT

- Quit smoking

- Exercise

- Eat a healthy low-fat diet

- Manage your stress level

- Annual checkups for men older than 50 and men older than 40 in the high-risk groups.

Source: Dr. James Brown, Urologic Oncologist MCG Health System

GET TESTED

University Health Care System is joining with Lowe's to help promote early detection of prostate cancer. University will be offering the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test to members of the community free of charge at area Lowe's. No registration is required. Each participant will receive a free miniature flashlight from University and will be entered into a drawing for a Charbroil Quickset Grill, valued at $99, to be given away at each Lowe's store.

- Lowe's of North Augusta: 8-11 a.m. today, 1220 Knox Ave.

- Lowe's of West Augusta: 7-11 a.m. Friday and 8-11 a.m. Sept. 16, 224 Bobby Jones Expressway

- Lowe's of South Augusta: 7-11 a.m. Sept. 22, and 8-11 a.m. Sept. 23, 3206 Peach Orchard Road

- Lowe's of Aiken: 7-11 a.m. Sept. 29, and 8-11 a.m. Sept. 30, 2470 Whiskey Road

Call University's Cancer Answer Line at (706) 828-2522 or toll free at (866) 869-2522 for more information on prostate cancer or prostate screenings.