(Mission, TX) For the 2nd year in a row, Mission Regional Medical Center is conducting
its free annual prostate cancer screening for men 50 or older, and men
over 40 who are at high-risk for prostate cancer. Beginning on Father’s
Day, June 20th and running through July 31, 2010, men can receive a free
PSA test – or prostate-specific antigen test .
A PSA is an easy, quick blood test that measures the level of prostate
specific antigen made by the prostate. Rising PSA levels can occur with
age, non-cancerous conditions, and also from cancer and can be the first
step in detecting early-stage prostate cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common
type of cancer found in American men, other than skin cancer. Prostate
cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men. (Lung cancer
is the first.) One man in 6 will get prostate cancer during his lifetime.
And one man in 35 will die of this disease. More than 2 million men in
the United States who have had prostate cancer at some point are still
alive today. The death rate for prostate cancer is going down, and the
disease is being found earlier, too.
“This is such an important and easy test for men to get every year
to check for prostate cancer,” said Nicolas Salameh, MD, Urologist,
Salameh Urology Institute at Mission Regional Medical Center. “Families
can encourage their fathers to be tested as part of their Father’s
Day gift to him. If caught early, prostate cancer is very treatable.”
For more information on the Free PSA Test call Mission Regional Medical