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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Sep 21, 2021, 12:01 PM

 

Skagit Regional Clinics - Mount Vernon, Urology

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control notes there are two tests that are commonly used to screen for prostate cancer:

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: A blood test called PSA measures the level of PSA in the blood. PSA is a substance made by the prostate. The levels of PSA in the blood can be higher in men who have prostate cancer. The PSA level may also be elevated in other conditions that affect the prostate. Because many factors can affect PSA levels, a doctor – often a urologist – is the best person to interpret PSA test results. If the PSA test is abnormal, your doctor may recommend a biopsy to find out if you have prostate cancer.

Digital Rectal Examination (DRE): A DRE is when a health care provider performs a physical exam to feel the prostate for anything abnormal, such as cancer.

Contact your Primary Care Provider or Urologist to schedule your screening today.

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Sep 21, 2021, 12:01 PM

 

Skagit Regional Clinics - Mount Vernon, Urology

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control notes there are two tests that are commonly used to screen for prostate cancer:

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: A blood test called PSA measures the level of PSA in the blood. PSA is a substance made by the prostate. The levels of PSA in the blood can be higher in men who have prostate cancer. The PSA level may also be elevated in other conditions that affect the prostate. Because many factors can affect PSA levels, a doctor – often a urologist – is the best person to interpret PSA test results. If the PSA test is abnormal, your doctor may recommend a biopsy to find out if you have prostate cancer.

Digital Rectal Examination (DRE): A DRE is when a health care provider performs a physical exam to feel the prostate for anything abnormal, such as cancer.

Contact your Primary Care Provider or Urologist to schedule your screening today.