Mission Hope Cancer Center

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month

Free Prostate Cancer Screening

Offered to the public at no charge: Free Prostate Cancer Screening

This simple procedure includes a PSA blood test and a digital rectal exam for men without health coverage, 55-69 years of age.

Saturday, September 10 • 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Mission Hope Cancer Center, 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria

By appointment:
Please call Marian Cancer Care 805.219.HOPE (4673)
Se habla español: 805.346.3406. Favor de dejar un mensaje y alguien le volverá a llamar para programar su cita.

Early Detection Saves Lives

According to the National Cancer Institute, an adult male living in our community faces a 15.3 percent risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and a three percent chance of dying from the disease. Fortunately, with screening the rate of death from prostate cancer has declined by 37%. Marian Cancer Care strives to integrate cancer prevention and early detection through education and screenings; Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to remind you or your loved one to be smart and be screened.

What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is a malignant tumor that usually begins in the outer part of the prostate. As it progresses it can block the flow of urine from the bladder and spread to the bones and throughout the body. Generally, it is slow growing, but without screening we are unable to differentiate between men with an indolent vs aggressive form of the disease.

What are some of the risk factors?
Age: The greatest risk factor for prostate cancer is age. More than 75 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over 65.

Family History: Men whose relatives have had prostate cancer are considered to be at high risk. Having a father or brother with the disease doubles your risk for prostate cancer.

Diet: Research also suggests high dietary fat may be a contributing factor. The disease is much more common in countries where meat and dairy products are dietary staples, compared with countries where the basic diet consists of rice, soybean products, and vegetables.

Race: African Americans have the highest incidence of prostate cancer and they are 30 to 50 percent more likely to get prostate cancer than any other race in the U.S.

What can I do?
Regular screening is the key to catching prostate cancer in its early stages. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends an informed discussion and screening for men between the age of 45 and 75. Physicians screen patients for prostate cancer by performing a digital rectal exam, in which physicians feel the prostate for abnormal areas, and by administering a blood test to evaluate the level of Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA). PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland and secreted into the blood. An elevated level could indicate that cancer is present, although other benign conditions such as enlarged or inflamed prostate also may cause elevated levels of PSA.

With prostate cancer, treatments need to be tailored to each individual and circumstance. Work from a foundation of knowledge, so you and your physician can select the best treatment plan. To help you get started, Marian Cancer Care is providing a free prostate cancer screening (see box). In addition, you’re invited to a free health seminar: Cancer Risk, Treatment and Survivorship, to be held on Saturday, September 24 at Mission Hope (see pages 10 and 11). Prostate cancer survival rates are increasing, and awareness, screening and improved treatments are some of the reasons why.