Originally Posted Online: Sept. 04, 2012, 10:57 am
Last Updated: Sept. 07, 2012, 3:05 pm
Trinity hosts free prostate cancer screenings
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Press release submitted by Trinity Regional Health System
In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Trinity will host two free prostate cancer screenings performed from 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Trinity Bettendorf, and Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Trinity Cancer Center on the Trinity Moline campus.
"When caught early, prostate cancer can be treated with a high cure rate," said Dr. Brian Engebrecht, urologist with Urological Group in Moline. "That's why early detection is a key in the fight against this disease. Through this screening, many men can find out if they are at risk, and if they are, take appropriate action."
According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men after skin cancer and is the second leading cause of death behind lung cancer. While one man in six will get prostate cancer during his lifetime, only one man in 36 will die of this disease, largely due to increased awareness and earlier detection of the disease.
The screening will include a free PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) performed by a physician. Screening times are by appointment only. All men are encouraged to participate, particularly those who are age 50 and older, those who have a family history of the disease and/or are African American or Hispanic.
Prior to their blood work and exam, participants will complete a questionnaire that includes the ProstateAware risk assessment for prostate cancer. The module evaluates an individual's likelihood of having or developing prostate cancer through a series of health-related questions and then generating a numerical score that indicates risk level. The prostate cancer assessment includes questions about age, ethnicity, family history and date of last PSA blood test or digital rectal exam.
A nurse will review participants' exam results with them prior to leaving the screening and provide them with a folder of educational materials. Participants will receive their PSA lab results, a written copy of the DRE results and the ProstateAware report in the mail.
Appointments will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Men currently under the care of a urologist, previously diagnosed with prostate cancer, or over the age of 75 will not be screened. To set up an appointment, call (309) 779-2993.
Additional support is being provided by the Rudy Quijas Fight against Cancer Memorial Foundation. Rudy Quijas, founder of Rudy's Tacos, always had the community's best interest at heart. Even when he was near the end stages of prostate cancer, he wanted to give something back to his community, so his family established a fund to help offset some of the costs of providing free prostate cancer screenings to the community.