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Free Prostate Screening Day

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

The Mered­ith and Jean­nie Ray Can­cer Cen­ter is host­ing their annu­al Free Prostate Screen­ing Day on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 19th from 8 am to 11 am. 

Prostate Can­cer is one of the most promi­nent­ly treat­ed can­cers at the Mered­ith and Jean­nie Ray Can­cer Cen­ter,” said Can­cer Cen­ter Direc­tor, Amy Smith. In 2019, we gave radi­a­tion to 33 men diag­nosed with prostate can­cer. The Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety expects 191,930 new cas­es of prostate can­cer in 2020, with 33,330 deaths from prostate can­cer. Ear­ly detec­tion is the key when it comes to prostate can­cer survival.”

The Can­cer Cen­ter team is in its tenth year of par­tic­i­pat­ing in giv­ing free prostate spe­cif­ic anti­gen (PSA) test to patients. In 2010, Ivin­son part­nered with Prostate Con­di­tions Edu­ca­tion Coun­cil (PCEC), an orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides sup­plies and testing. 

The date is strate­gi­cal­ly set in Sep­tem­ber to high­light Prostate Can­cer Aware­ness Month,” Amy said. An anony­mous donor con­tin­ues to pay the expens­es for the test­ing, which would equal to about $10 per test.”

What is a PSA? Who should be test­ed? How often? We asked our in-house experts and got the answers.

Q: What is a PSA test?

A: Accord­ing to the Nation­al Can­cer Insti­tute, a prostate spe­cif­ic anti­gen (PSA) is a pro­tein. This pro­tein pro­duces both nor­mal and malig­nant cells. Men with prostate can­cer, often have more of this pro­tein. Through a blood test, we are able to mea­sure it.

Q: Who should be test­ed and how often?

A: Accord­ing to the Amer­i­can Can­cer Soci­ety, it depends on your risk fac­tor. The gen­er­al guide­lines are out­lined below: 

  • Age 50 for men who are at aver­age risk of prostate can­cer and are expect­ed to live at least 10 more years.
  • Age 45 for men at high risk of devel­op­ing prostate can­cer. This includes African-Amer­i­cans and men who have a first-degree rel­a­tive (father or broth­er) diag­nosed with prostate can­cer at an ear­ly age (younger than age 65).
  • Age 40 for men at even high­er risk (those with more than one first-degree rel­a­tive who had prostate can­cer at an ear­ly age).

Men who choose to be test­ed and have a PSA of less than 2.5 ng/​mL, may only need to be retest­ed every 2 years. Screen­ing should be done year­ly for men whose PSA lev­el is 2.5 ng/​mL or higher.

Q: How long will it take to get my results?

A: The results take any­where from 2 – 4 weeks. A copy of your result will be mailed to the address pro­vid­ed on the form when you sign in,” Amy said. If your PSA is with­in the nor­mal lim­its, you will be encour­aged to see your health­care provider annu­al­ly and repeat the test per their rec­om­men­da­tion. If your PSA is not with­in nor­mal lim­its, you will be advised to make an appoint­ment with your provider, or call the Can­cer Cen­ter for fur­ther advice.”

Q: How do I get my free PSA?

A: To sched­ule your free lab draw for the PSA (prostate spe­cif­ic anti­gen) blood test, please call (307) 7554470 to secure your spot.

On the day of your appoint­ment we are ask­ing all patients to take the below steps to pre­vent the spread of res­pi­ra­to­ry illness.

  1. Please stay home if you are feel­ing sick.
  2. Please arrive at your sched­uled time. If you are ear­ly, please wait out­side until your sched­uled time.
  3. Please wear your mask at all times while inside the building
  4. We will require patients to have their tem­per­a­ture tak­en before enter­ing the building.
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