Prostate Screening to be Held on Saturday September 24, 2016

August 15, 2016

Blue Mountain Urology and Haywood Regional Medical Center will be offering prostate screenings on Saturday, September 24, 2016 for a cost of $20.  If you are 50 and older, or if you are over 40 with an immediate family history of prostate cancer, it's time to schedule your annual screening. To make an appointment, call 828-452-9700 to schedule your PSA (blood test) and exam with Dr. Hooper or Dr. Steele.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that men have a chance to make an informed decision with their health care provider about whether to be screened for prostate cancer. The decision should be made after getting information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits of prostate cancer screening. Men should not be screened unless they have received this information. The discussion about screening should take place at:

  • Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and are expected to live at least 10 more years.
  • Age 45 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65).
  • Age 40 for men at even higher risk (those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age).

After this discussion, men who want to be screened should be tested with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The digital rectal exam (DRE) may also be done as a part of screening.

Richard Steele, MD
 is a Board-certified Urologist.   He received his medical degree from Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA and completed his residency at Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA.


Brooks Hooper, MD
 is a Board Certified Urologist.  He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, completed a General surgery internship at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. and a Urology residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. 

As a part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Blue Mountain Urology is supported by Duke University Health System’s world-renowned leadership in clinical excellence and quality care and LifePoint Health’s extensive resources, knowledge and experience in operating community hospitals. The practice is located in Clyde off Hospital Drive at 15 Brettwood Trace. Visit us online at  or call 828.452.9700.