Sioux Falls, SD – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that the Cancer Awareness and Prevention Booth and a Mammogram Van will be available at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron, which runs from September 1st to September 5th, 2011. The Mammogram Van will offer free mammograms to women with appointments on Friday, September 2nd from 10 am — 2 pm CT. Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing will be offered every day for the duration of the State Fair.
Since 2000, Johnson and his wife, Barbara, have held cancer screenings at the South Dakota State Fair and provided fairgoers the opportunity to learn more about the disease. The Johnsons have spearheaded efforts to educate the public about the risks of cancer and the benefits of early detection.
“As a cancer survivor myself, I have personally learned the importance of early detection,” said Johnson, who received successful treatment after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. “I strongly encourage fairgoers to visit the Mammogram Van and Cancer Booth to learn more about cancer, prevention and early detection.”
Free screenings for prostate cancer will be available for the duration of the fair at the Cancer Awareness and Prevention Booth. Health care professionals from the Huron Regional Medical Center will be conducting PSA testing. No appointment is necessary. The PSA test is a simple blood test that is used to detect cancer of the prostate.
On Friday, September 2nd, Avera McKennan will conduct free mammograms to screen for breast cancer, but appointments are necessary.
Individuals without health insurance coverage or with high deductibles should schedule an appointment by calling Senator Johnson’s toll-free office line: 1-800-537-0025. They may also stop by the cancer booth at the fair on Thursday, September 1st and Friday, September 2nd to schedule an appointment. Participants will be asked to fill out a form, and first priority will be given to those without access to health insurance or adequate care.
For more information on Senator Tim Johnson visit his website at http://johnson.senate.gov.