Local Men Line Up for Martha Jefferson's Free Prostate Screening
September 28, 2009Dozens of men lined up an hour before the doors even opened for the 17th annual free prostate cancer screening at Martha Jefferson Hospital. The event, held Saturday, September 26 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., drew a crowdof 342 men, an increase from last year. More than 30 percent of the participants were African-American men over the age of 40, a group of individuals that is considered at high-risk for prostrate cancer.The screening included a simple blood test as well as a brief exam by a physician. Twenty-three men were identified as having elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels in their blood and there were 15 abnormal exams. Although the test results don’t necessarily mean there is a problem, those individuals with higher than normal numbers were noted as needing follow up. All men over the age of 50 are encouraged to be screened once every year.If you missed the prostate screening and are a male over the age of 50 (over 40 if you are African-American), call Health Connection at (434) 654-7009 for a physician referral.