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Free Screenings Kick-Off On Father's Day at MRMC

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(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 Center at 956-323-1150.