June 3, 2008
The Tulane Cancer Center will offer free prostate cancer screenings from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, at 150 S. Liberty St.
The screening involves a simple blood test that measures levels of prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, which is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland. It is normal for men to have low levels of PSA in their blood; however, prostate cancer or benign (non-cancerous) conditions can increase PSA levels.
The American Cancer Society recommends that men be offered regular PSA tests, along with digital rectal exams beginning at age 50 or earlier for those at increased risk for prostate cancer, including those with a family history of prostate cancer or African-American men.
Screening participants will be asked to complete a short questionnaire regarding family history and to provide a small blood sample. Given time constraints, a prostate exam will not be offered. All participants will be notified of their PSA test results via telephone and registered letter. Those requiring a follow-up will be directed to see their personal physicians, or they can make an appointment to see a Tulane physician.
“If detected early, prostate cancer may be treated with a high probability of cure,” said Dr. A. Oliver Sartor, the Piltz Professor of Cancer Research in Tulane University School of Medicine's Departments of Medicine and Urology. “Through our free screening program, we’re trying to make it as convenient and painless as possible for the men of our community to take charge of their health. A simple blood test can make a difference in terms of better understanding the risk of prostate cancer, and I encourage the wives and sisters and girlfriends out there to see that the men in their lives take advantage of this opportunity.”
Prostate screening participants are also invited to attend Tulane’s Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting, scheduled the same evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Reily Pavilion adjacent to the Tulane Cancer Center. Participants can ask questions of Tulane’s prostate cancer experts as well as hear the stories of prostate cancer patients who have been through diagnosis and treatment.
To make an appointment for a free prostate cancer screening call (504) 988-5800 or 1-800-588-5800. Free parking is available in the Saratoga Parking Garage, located on Saratoga St. between Cleveland and Canal. Please visit www.tulanecancer.org and click on “Free Prostate Cancer Screenings” for more information, including a map and driving directions, or call 504-988-7869. For more information on prostate cancer, visit www.myprostatecancer.com.
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