1 in 6 Black men get prostate cancer, but a simple blood test could save your life.
Early Detection Matters!
About Prostate Cancer and Your Risk
Prostate cancer develops when cells in the prostate gland begin to grow uncontrollably. It is the second most common cancer in men in the U.S., with about 1 in 8 men being diagnosed during his lifetime. The good news is that early detection through screening generally means an excellent prognosis, so it’s important to take screening seriously.
Prostate cancer screening tests look for possible signs of disease, but they can’t tell for sure if you have prostate cancer. If your screening produces an abnormality, you will need a prostate biopsy to determine whether you have cancer. The two primary screening tests are:
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test: This simple blood test is the primary method of screening for prostate cancer. It monitors the levels of PSA, a protein produced by the prostate. Prostate cancer can cause elevated PSA levels.
Digital Rectal Exam (DRE): In this exam, the doctor checks the prostate gland for any abnormalities.
Free Voucher Program
Prostate cancer is more common in Black men and men with a family history of the disease.
At Siteman, we strive to give all men access to the cancer care they need. Our Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) offers free PSA screening vouchers for men 40 and over. These vouchers can be used for free PSA screenings at the lab in the Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM) or at Christian Hospital. Walk-ins are available, but appointments are preferred.
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment, call PECaD at 314-970-4308. Bring a copy of the voucher to your appointment. If you received an electronic copy of the voucher, please print or download it to your device.
You can use your voucher at the following lab locations:
Free Prostate Screening Events
When should I get screened for prostate cancer?
Men who have a father or brother diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 have an elevated risk for developing prostate cancer. Black men also have an elevated risk for the disease. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), men at high risk should begin screening at ages 40 to 45 depending on individual risk factors.
Prostate cancer screening may be particularly beneficial for Black men, who at higher risk for developing the disease. Speak with your primary care physician about the potential risks and benefits to find out if it’s right for you.
Why are Black men at higher risk for prostate cancer?
Black men are twice as likely to die from prostate cancer compared to men of other races. They are also more likely to get diagnosed at a younger age and develop more aggressive disease. There are several possible reasons for this:
- Poor access to care
- Mistrust of the health care system
- Genetic variants
- Other health conditions and environmental exposures
What can I do to lower my prostate cancer risk?
There are some risk factors for prostate cancer that you can’t change, like race, age and genetics. Still, there are other things you can change to reduce your prostate cancer risk:
- Maintain a healthy diet and weight
- Exercise regularly
- Refrain from smoking
- Drink alcohol in moderation
Learn more about Siteman’s 8 Ways to Stay Healthy and Prevent Cancer.