MEN'S HEALTH INSTITUTE PLANS OCTOBER EVENTS Free Prostate Cancer Screenings To Be Offered

(HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 21, 2010) - The Curtis D. Robinson Men's Health Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center will offer five free prostate cancer screening events in the Greater Hartford area in October.

The Men's Health Institute provides free prostate cancer education and testing for all men at faith-based and community organizations under grants from Hartford business executive Curtis D. Robinson and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Unlike other prostate screening programs, it also covers all costs for biopsies, surgery, and other needed care for uninsured and underinsured men.

Screening events are scheduled for:

Sunday, Oct. 3 - Liberty Christian Center International, 23 Vine St., Hartford, 1:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 15 - Nu Style Cut Creators, 181 Ann Ucello St., Hartford, 1 - 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23 - Hopewell Baptist Church, 280 Windsor Ave., Windsor, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24 - West Hartford Church of God, 31 West Beacon St., West Hartford, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 30 - Phillips Metropolitan CME Church, 2500 Main St., Hartford, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

No advance registration is required.

For more information on these free screening events, call 860-714-5770 or visit

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in African-American men, who are 2.5 times more likely to die of the disease than Caucasians.