Oct. 3, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rebecca Sylvester, 706.828.2394
University Hospital PSA Tests a Huge Success
Augusta, GA – Nearly 600 men in our community received free blood tests for the Prostate Specific Antigen, a possible indicator for prostate cancer, at our September screenings held in area churches.
Of those screened, 57 showed results that indicated further testing is needed. Each participant will receive a personal letter explaining their results and the follow-up steps that should be taken.
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men. The latest American Cancer Society estimates for prostate cancer in the United States are for 2011:
- About 240,890 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed
- About 33,720 men will die of prostate cancer
About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. More than 2 million men in the United States who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point are still alive today.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 36 will die of prostate cancer.
Thank you to the University Hospital employees and volunteers who made this community service possible.