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On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, from 4-7pm, Greater Boston Urology is offering free PSA blood tests at its Dedham Care Center in cooperation with ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer.
We encourage appointments, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 781-762-0471.
Free PSA Blood Test Details
- What: Free prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test
- When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
- Where: 910 Washington Street, Dedham, MA
- Why: Because early detection can save lives
- How: The PSA is a simple blood test
What is the prostate and what is its primary function?
The prostate is a small gland (walnut sized) located in the male pelvis beneath the bladder and surrounding the urethra (the tube through which urine passes from the bladder out of the body). The prostate plays an important role in reproduction as it produces fluid that mixes with and protects sperm.
As men age, the prostate increases in size (enlarged prostate or BPH) and often causes urinary symptoms (slow urine stream, frequent urination, awakening during the night to urinate, etc.). The risk for prostate cancer also increases as a man gets older.
At what age should males get their prostate checked? What does this “check” involve?
The “check” for prostate cancer involves a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test and a digital rectal exam (DRE). Although prostate cancer testing has come under scrutiny, we feel that screening in properly selected patients is appropriate and indicated. It is important that men make an informed decision about prostate cancer screening by discussing it with their doctor.
Screening recommendations for prostate cancer have been modified somewhat and may vary depending upon the organization making them. We follow the American Urologic Association (AUA) Guidelines, which support screening in men between the ages of 55-69 and earlier than age 55 for men who are known to be at increased risk for prostate cancer. This includes men with a family history of prostate cancer and African American men who should be screened as early as age 40. Some men over age 70 may benefit from prostate cancer screening if they are in excellent health with a life expectancy of more than 10 years. These men should discuss testing with their physician.
For this free screening day, will you be performing a digital exam?
No. This free screening is for the PSA only.
Do I need a referral from my PCP in order to take advantage of this free PSA clinic on August 8?
No. This test is free and available to any men over the age of 40.
Do I need health insurance?
No. We are offering this PSA blood test for free on August 8, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Greater Boston Urology is absorbing the cost of the test on this day, during this time period, only.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the PSA test?
No. It's a simple blood draw. You do not need to fast like you might need to do with other tests.
So I can just walk in and ask for a test?
We encourage appointments, but we also welcome walk-ins. To make an appointment, call 781-762-0471. Or on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, you can "walk in" between the hours of 4-7pm and request the free PSA blood test.
What happens when I arrive?
We'll do a brief intake. Then, we will draw your blood.
What happens after my blood is drawn? When will I get results?
After we draw your blood, you are free to go. We will mail your results to you. We should have results back by Friday, August 10, 2018, which means you can expect to get your results in the mail during the week of August 13, 2018. If your results are high, you should see your doctor who might refer you to a urologist. GBU is not responsible for lost or stolen mail.
What if I want to see one of your urologists?
Depending on your age/health insurance coverage, you might still need a referral. You can schedule an appointment with one of our urologists here or by calling one of our Care Centers.
Why are you doing this?
To build awareness. Early detection saves lives, and a PSA screening is a straightforward way to screen for prostate cancer. We're also gearing up for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which is September. We take part in ZERO's Run/Walk to End Prostate Cancer. You can learn more about that here.
Is there anything else I should know?
Your primary care physician should be your main source of information about any medical condition. This free PSA screening test is just one measure of your health situation at a single point in time. Our caregivers will work with you regardless of the results of your free PSA test to be sure you know all of your options in order to manage your care moving forward. Any questions can easily be addressed to a GBU staff member while you are at our Dedham location for this screening.
What if I have a question that you haven't answered here?
Please call us at 781-762-0471. We're happy to help!
Prostate Cancer Facts:
- Every 18 minutes another American man dies from prostate cancer.
- One in nine American men will have prostate cancer during his lifetime.
- Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among American men and is the most commonly diagnosed.
- The American Cancer Society estimates in its Cancer Facts & Figures 2018 report that 164,690 men will be told they have prostate cancer in 2018.
- Currently there are nearly 2.9 million American men living with the disease – roughly equal to the population of Chicago.
Early detection and advances in treatment are saving lives!