Prostate On-Site Project, a medical mobile service, will be providing affordable prostate cancer screenings 8 a.m. to noon May 2 at Glendale Community College, 6000 W. Olive Ave. Space is limited, so appointments are required. Sign up by calling 480-964-3013, or 800-828-6139.
Prostate cancer frequently presents itself without any signs or symptoms. One in six men will develop the disease in their lifetime; if detected early, the course of treatment is less evasive and survival is nearly 100 percent possible.
Available screenings include: PSA (prostate specific antigen) a non-fasting blood test, DRE (digital rectal exam), Testicular exam and physician consultation by a Board Certified Urologist.
Blue Cross Blue Shield/Cigna/Health, Net/UnitedHealthCare insurance is accepted, although specialist co-pay fees may apply. Medicare is not covered. This event includes special rates that apply to city employees and will be free to state benefit eligible employees and spouses. If attendees do not have insurance, the cost is only $81 per screening.
Who should participate?
• All men 40 years of age or older should have an annual screening.
• Men with a family history of prostate cancer and African-American men should have a DRE and PSA test annually, starting at age 35.
• After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in American men and the second leading cause of cancer death.
• Prostate cancer is twice as common and has more than twice the mortality rate in African-American men as it has in Caucasian men.
• Approximately 232,090 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. That represents one man diagnosed with prostate cancer every two minutes.
• Approximately 31,800 men will die from the disease. That represents one man dying every seventeen minutes.
• 3,900 new cases and 550 deaths.
• After skin cancer, the most diagnosed cancer in Arizona, and the second cause of cancer death in men.
According to “POP”
• All men 40 years of age should have an annual digital rectal examination (DRE).
• All men 40 years and older should be offered a prostate specific Antigen blood test (PSA) annually by their doctors. If not offered, men should request information about this test and insist on having a PSA evaluation.
• Men with a family history of prostate cancer and African-American men should be offered a DRE and PSA test annually starting at age 37. If not offered, these men should request information about this test from their doctors while mentioning their family history or racial risk and request that these exams be done.
• The five-year survival rate for patients whose cancer is caught while still confined to the prostate is 100 percent, while the five-year survival rate for those men diagnosed with advanced cancer is only 34 percent.
• Prostate cancer often develops without symptoms. Annually testing with PSA and DRE can lead to early detection and cancer confined to the prostate that has a significantly higher cure rate. Awareness about the risk of prostate cancer is a critical issue for Arizona’s families. Know what your PSA numerical result is every year. Do not accept: “your PSA is normal.” Ask for the actual number. The value of PSA testing is the rate of change from one year to the next.