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Fighting Prostate Cancer in our Region

Free PSA screening programs are making a difference
Did you know prostate cancer is one of the five most commonly-diagnosed cancers in Northeastern Pennsylvania?*
There’s a lot of debate out there about prostate cancer screenings these days. When should you get the test? What do the results actually mean? 

While the debate continues, one thing is pretty clear. The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test can save lives.

Screening with the PSA blood test alone or with both the PSA and the DRE detects cancer at an earlier stage than if no screening is performed.

--American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2010

Geisinger is there

Promoting early detection of prostate cancer
If you’re a male age 50 or older, don’t have health insurance or not enough coverage, Geisinger offers no-cost PSA screenings held each year in Bloomsburg, Danville, Berwick and surrounding areas during National Prostate Screening month.
Over three days, two hours per day, our urologists donate their time at local health fairs, senior centers and other community groups to provide these valuable screenings. These screenings encourage healthy behavior and educate at-risk men and their families about prostate health.  Every PSA screening includes:

  • PSA blood work
  • Prostate exam
  • Education to patient and families on healthy behaviors

Hospital phlebotomists and laboratory personnel then process the tests and send the results to the test taker. The program was started in 2005 and on average serves approximately 124 men in the community every year. 
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Protein-specific antigen (PSA) – What is it?

A Protein-Specific Antigen test measures the blood level of PSA, a protein that is produced by the prostate gland. The higher a man’s PSA level, the more likely he has prostate cancer. There may be other reasons for an elevated PSA level. And some men with prostate cancer do not have elevated PSA.

Source: National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health

*Lesko, Samuel M., Cancer in Northeastern Pennsylvania: Incidence, Mortality and Survival for Common Cancers, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, May 2011