Intermountain Cancer Services is sponsoring free prostate screenings during September at Intermountain Healthcare hospitals across the Salt Lake Valley. Men with no insurance or limited insurance, who are at highest risk for prostate cancer are invited: Men age 50 and over, men 40 or older who have a family history of prostate cancer, and African American men over 40. The free screenings include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and a digital rectal exam. To schedule an appointment, please call 801-507-3800.
The dates and locations for the prostate screenings:
- Wednesday, September 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Infusion Services at LDS Hospital. Use the 9th Avenue entrance (8th Avenue & C Street, Salt Lake City)
- Wednesday, September 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Huntsman Cancer Center at Intermountain Medical Center (5121 South Cottonwood Street, Murray)
- Thursday, September 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the South Surgical Center at Alta View Hospital (9660 South 1300 East, Sandy)
- Thursday, September 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Same-Day Surgery on the second floor at Riverton Hospital (3741 West 12600 South, Riverton)
Why it’s important to get screened for prostate cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, one out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Approximately 241,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during 2012. Prostate cancer is the second-most common form of cancer in men, behind skin cancer, and the second-leading cause of death among men with cancer in the United States.
Prostate cancer is mostly a slow-growing cancer that starts in the gland cells of the prostate. It can often be found early by testing the amount of prostate-specific antigen in your blood and by doing a digital rectal exam. The screenings are held during September, which is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
How to get a prostate cancer screening. If you have insurance, call your provider to determine what coverage you have for prostate cancer screenings. If you don’t have insurance, or your provider won't cover a prostate screening, call 801-507-3800 to schedule an appointment. Due to limited space, please call early to schedule an appointment, and remember that walk-ins can’t be accommodated.