Tulane Cancer Center Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings on the Second Tuesday of Each Month
To make an appointment for a free prostate cancer screening,
call (504) 988-5800 or 1-800-588-5800.
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. However, the death rate for prostate cancer has declined in recent years. One possible reason is that it has become more common for men to have tests to find prostate cancer early, when it is more treatable.
One of these is a simple blood test called a PSA, and these are being offered free on the second Tuesday of each month at the Tulane Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic, 150 S. Liberty St., New Orleans, LA.
PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in the blood. 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. These tests should be offered earlier for those at increased risk for prostate cancer, including those with a family history of prostate cancer or African-American men.
“If detected early, prostate cancer may be treated with a high probability of cure,” said Oliver Sartor, M.D., the Laborde Professor of Cancer Research in the 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.”
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. Men will also be given literature describing the strengths and limitations of PSA blood testing. All participants will be notified of their PSA test results via telephone and registered letter, and those requiring follow-up will be directed to see their personal physicians or they can make an appointment to see a Tulane physician.
Free parking is available in the Saratoga Parking Garage, located on Saratoga St. between Cleveland and Canal.
Please call to make your appointment today!