TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO, WAWV) – Good Samaritan is encouraging all men to screened this month for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the goal of screening for prostate cancer is to find cancer early that may spread if not treated.
Good Samaritan says there are two common tests used to screen for prostate cancer. The first is a blood test called prostate specific antigen. PSA is one of the substances the prostate makes and the blood test checks the levels of PSA in the body. High levels of PSA can be explained by prostate cancer or other things like an enlarged prostate, a prostate infection or even certain medications can cause high levels of PSA.
The second test is a digital rectal examination. This is when a healthcare provider uses a gloved, lubricated finger to feel inside a man’s rectum and check for anything abnormal like cancer.
“Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in American men, and prostate cancer mortality has decreased since PSA testing has become available,” Dr. Brian Gebhardt, Radiation Oncologist at Good Samaritan, said. “Screening can help identify prostate cancers when they are easier to treat and more likely to be cured.”
Good Samaritan’s Community Health Services are offering a few PSA blood screenings through Sept. Visit gshvin.org/for-your-health/events-calendar or call Community Health at 812-885-8753 to see screening times and locations.
There will also be testing at this year’s Men’s Wellness Fair, previously known as the Men’s Health Tune Up. Due to COVID-19, the event will only include health screening. According to Good Samaritan, this will be a one-time change. The free screenings will include blood pressure, colorectal take-home kits, pulse oximetry, and a lab draw that will test blood sugar, lipid profile (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides), glomerular filtration rate (kidney function) and PSA for prostate cancer.
To pre-register for the event, go to gshvin.org/wellnessfair or call 812-885-3336. Everyone will be socially distanced and must wear a mask. Fasting for 10-12 hours before the lab draw is recommended, but not required.