MIDDLETOWN — Orange Regional Medical Center, in partnership with Orange Regional Medical Group, is offering free prostate cancer screenings the week of Sept. 23 in the Outpatient Services Building at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an exam call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by noon on Sept. 20. Appointments are limited.

The prostate screening consists of a digital rectal exam and a prostate specific antigen blood test, each of which takes about a minute to perform. The combination of these two methods is the most effective procedure for detecting prostate cancer at an early stage. The prostate screening program is for men who meet the following criteria:

· Have not been under the care of a urologist in the past 5 years

· Have no personal history of prostate cancer

· Are between the ages of 40 and 75

According to the Prostate Cancer Education Council, one out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. If detected early, treatment options are much broader, and the chances for a cure are much greater. For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center visit ormc.org.