(AUGUSTA, GA. -- Oct. 1, 2007) University Health Care System has tabulated the results from its annual community Prostate Specific Antigen blood testing and is completing follow-up with participants.
The screening, held on four Saturdays in September at area Lowe's home stores, is used in the diagnosis of prostate cancer in men, according to Benjamin Kay, M.D., a urologist who practices at University Hospital. While an elevated PSA alone does not necessarily indicate cancer, every man older than 50 should have the test," Dr. Kay said "This gives him and his physician a baseline to compare it to over the years and decide what course needs to be taken in case it continues to rise."
Of the 1,673 men screened, 105 had an abnormally high PSA, a rate of 6.3 percent, the results show. The previous year, about 1,800 men were screened and about 200 had abnormal tests, a rate of about 11 percent. All participants received a letter explaining their results. Men with elevated PSA levels were contacted by telephone by a clinical professional with University's Cancer Services program, who advised them on the recommended follow-up care.
"These screenings are a tremendous value to the community," Dr. Kay said. "Half the battle in prostate cancer is early diagnosis."