9th Annual Free Prostate Cancer Screening Presented by Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital
An IU Health Tipton Hospital Release
The IU Health Tipton Hospital is announcing our eighth annual Free Prostate Cancer Screening Program scheduled for Monday, June 4th, from 4 pm to 6 pm. Location of the screening will be in the Specialty care area on the North side of the IU Health Tipton Hospital. Participants should pre-register by calling the IU Health Cancer Service Department at 765.675.8397. The screening size is limited. Your name and phone number will be asked of you when you pre-register. It is important to write your appointment information down, as reminder calls will not be placed. If you cannot keep the appointment please call to cancel so that others may participate.
We ask that you have your blood work completed before the physical exam on June 4th.
The PSA blood work can be completed from 7am to 4 pm through the outpatient lab draw area. Please enter the south lobby to register at the patient service desk of the IU Health Tipton Hospital and tell them you are there for the Prostate Cancer Screening blood draw.
Your PSA blood sample results will be available at the time of your screening exam on June 4th if you have it drawn prior to the day of the screening.
Dr. Richard Boris, Urologist, will be providing his expertise in the physical examination portion of the screening.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
Prostate Cancer Screening guidelines state that all men 50 years and older should talk with their physicians about having an annual digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test to help detect early prostate cancer.
Risk Factors for prostate cancer include:
• Age (more than 75% of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over 65).
• Race (death rates from prostate cancer for African-American men are more than twice that of Caucasian men).
• Family History (individuals with a family history of prostate cancer experience a 2.5 fold increase in risk; 5- 10 percent of prostate cancers may be inherited.
• Nutrition (there is a significant evidence indicating that a high-fat diet is linked to an increase cancer risk).
PREVENTION / SCREENING / EARLY DETECTION
Lifestyle strategies that an individual adopts may reduce prostate cancer risk. Decrease animal fats in your diet and increase consumption of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
The PSA test measures blood levels of protein made by the prostate. The higher the PSA level the more likely that prostate cancer is present. The PSA test alone does not provide a definitive diagnosis for or against prostate cancer. The DRE (digital rectal exam), allows the physician to feel for irregular or abnormally firm area on the prostate gland that might be cancer. The PSA and DRE are only screening tools. With any abnormal test findings the patient is advised to consult with their family physician.
To participate in the Free Prostate Cancer Screening please schedule with the IU Health Tipton Hospital Cancer Service Department at 765.675.8397.