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University Hospital Announces Results from Successful PSA Test
(AUGUSTA, GA. -- Oct. 12, 2009) University Health Care System has completed following up with participants in their annual community Prostate Specific Antigen blood testing.
The screening, held on three Saturdays in September at area Lowe's home stores, is used in the diagnosis of prostate cancer in men, according to Pam Anderson, program coordinator for Cancer Services at University Hospital. “While an elevated PSA alone does not necessarily indicate cancer, every white man older than 50 and every black man over 45 should have the test," Mrs. Anderson 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 978 men screened, 89 had an abnormally high PSA, a rate of 9.1 percent, the results show. This is up from a rate of 6.8 from last year. 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," Mrs. Anderson said. "Half the battle in prostate cancer is early diagnosis."