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Kennewick clinic offering free prostate exams

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, affecting more than 200,000 men a year. But there's been some controversy recently about screening for the disease.

Despite that controversy, the Northwest Cancer Clinic is offering free prostate cancer screenings.

Dr. Naeem Chavla said the controversy surrounding the subject has to do with the course prostate cancer takes. In most cases, it's a slow growing disease. When older patients are diagnosed, treatment isn't always the best option. But, he said prostate cancer can show up as early as when men hit their mid-40's.

"It's an extremely important disease to detect early, especially in the younger population," said Chavla. "It's important to men and the women who care about them."

Chavla recommends men getting checked every year. In some cases, when it's detected, the cancer is aggressive and immediate treatment is necessary.

The Northwest Cancer Clinic on Deschutes Avenue is offering the free screening Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.