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Kroger offers free prostate tests

ATLANTA — Today and Sunday, two Gwinnett Kroger grocery stores, in a partnership with WSB Radio and RC Cancer Centers, will offer free prostate cancer screenings as part of the Prostate Proactivity Campaign 2010.

Today, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., screenings will be held at the Snellville store at 3035 Centerville Highway. During the same hours on Sunday, screenings will be held at the Buford location at 3300 Hamilton Mill Road.

According to a press release, Kroger's Atlanta Division is helping sponsor the event to increase awareness about prostate cancer and the importance of early detection.

The American Cancer Society lists several risk factors including diet, family history, exercise, genes, obesity, race and age. At 50 years old, men's risk increases and two out of three cases of prostate cancer are found in men over 65, statistics show.

Of all races, Black men face the highest risk of getting prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is curable if detected early, officials said, and approximately 90 percent of all cases are found in the early stages.

A resourceful brochure, "Take Control of Prostate Cancer," will be provided by RC Cancer Centers at all metro Atlanta Kroger pharmacies while supplies last.