Posted Online: Aug. 30, 2013, 3:39 pm
UnityPoint Health-Trinity hosts free prostate cancer screenings
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Press release submitted by UnityPoint Health-Trinity.
In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, UnityPoint Health-Trinity will host two free prostate cancer screenings from 6-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Trinity Cancer Center on the Trinity Moline campus, and Thursday, Sept. 12, at Trinity Bettendorf.
The screening will include a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) performed by a physician. Screening times are by appointment only.
Prior to their blood work and exam, participants will complete a questionnaire that includes the ProstateAware risk assessment for prostate cancer. The module evaluates an individual's likelihood of having or developing prostate cancer through a series of health-related questions and then generating a numerical score that indicates risk level. The prostate cancer assessment includes questions about age, ethnicity, family history and date of last PSA blood test or digital rectal exam.
A nurse will review participants' exam results with them prior to leaving the screening and provide them with a folder of educational materials. Participants will receive their PSA lab results, a written copy of the DRE results and the ProstateAware report in the mail.
Those eligible for the screening include men between the ages of 55-70, or 40-70 if the male has a family history or is African-American; men not currently under the care of a urologist and men with no history of prostate cancer.
Appointments will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For an appointment, call 309-779-2485 or 309-779-2486.
Additional support is being provided by the Rudy Quijas Fight against Cancer Memorial Foundation. Rudy Quijas, founder of Rudy's Tacos, always had the community's best interest at heart. Even when he was near the end stages of prostate cancer, he wanted to give something back to his community, so his family established a fund to help offset some of the costs of providing free prostate cancer screenings to the community.