Surpassing the expected participation, 26 men made an appointment for the
free prostate cancer screening last week at Sierra View Medical Center’s
Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center. After a recent screening recommendation
from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force),
Sierra View Medical Center and the Cancer Center team is now taking the
opportunity to begin promoting prostate cancer screenings.
Several men were under the impression there is only one type of screening
or exam to check for signs for prostate cancer, but they were surprised
to learn a simple blood test is all that’s needed to examine levels
of prostate specific antigen (PSA), a protein released by the prostate.
Last week, Sierra View nursing students took a small blood sample for
analysis. The results are given to each patient within two weeks that
will indicate either normal results that don’t require any additional
action or abnormal findings that may request further exams or a biopsy.
“The most critical step in any type of cancer prevention is taking
proactive action for early detection and we’re happy to have ended
the month with ramping up our free annual screening again,” Crystal
Davis, Cancer Center Director said. “Statistics are revealing that
late stage cases are increasing, which prompted a recent PSA test recommendation
and gives us a green light to encourage the targeted population that is
more at risk.”
After reviewing evidence on PSA-based screenings, the Task Force published
its final recommendation - men ages 55 to 69 are to make an individual
decision about prostate cancer screening with their clinician. With information
from the Task Force and further research, Sierra View Medical Center’s
Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center doctors also encourage men with
an increased risk to take action in prevention and inform patients with
a family history of prostate cancer about their increased risk of developing
This may have been an annual free event, but the team at Roger S. Good
Cancer Treatment Center encourages men with an increased risk of prostate
cancer to take advantage of an easy PSA screening annually. This will
reduce the chances of finding out they do have this particular type of
cancer in the later stages.