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Free Prostate Screenings
Upcoming Screenings

October 6, 2014 – Always the 1st Saturday in October
TIME:                      8:30 am - 12:30 pm (The larger health fair runs from 8 am - 1 pm)
San Fernando Cathedral (115 W. Main Plaza)
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PARKING: City parking meters are free on Saturdays, and many nearby surface lots offer free parking for the event.
CO-HOST: Los Padres Prostate Cancer Foundation
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What to Expect?
The two-part screening consists of a PSA blood test (drawn from the arm) and a rectal exam performed by a urologist. Pre-screening preparations such as fasting are not necessary. 

No appointments will be taken; men will be seen in the order in which they arrive. The screening process takes 15 minutes. Tip: Arrive midway through the event, after the line of early-bird participants has lessened, and you'll be seen with barely any wait.

Who Can Participate?
Urology San Antonio offers free screenings to serve men who are unable to receive a prostate screening otherwise. The screenings are intended for men ages 40 and older who don’t have a personal physician or the means to be tested and have not been screened within the last year. Financial or insurance information is not required to participate. More detailed screening guidelines are below. 

About Prostate Cancer
One man in six will develop prostate cancer. There are no symptoms for early-stage prostate cancer, but it can be detected through a screening. Age is the main risk factor for prostate cancer. The disease is rare before age 40. It is most common in men over age 65. African-Americans and men who have blood relatives with the disease are at an increased risk for prostate cancer.

Screening Limitations
Although prostate cancer screening is simple and can be lifesaving, it's not a perfect test. The PSA blood test used to screen for prostate cancer often detects forms of the disease that are not aggressive enough to harm a man and will not need treatment.

Screening tests are not yet sophisticated enough distinguish an aggressive form of prostate cancer from a less aggressive form. Finding and investigating suspicious screening results can cause anxiety and discomfort. Additionally, there is a small risk of infection from the prostate biopsy (tissue sampling) and risks associated with treating cancer.

Urologist feel strongly that, given the pros and cons of prostate screening, men should have the right to decide whether to be tested and that appropriate testing should be covered by Medicare and health insurance. This video explains many urologists' position on prostate screening.

Should I Be Screened?
The decision about whether you should be screening for prostate cancer depends on a variety of factors. This article provides tips to help you make a good decision and understand the pros and cons of screening.

If you have personal physician or urologist who knows your medical history and risk factors, talk with him or her about whether a prostate screening is best for your situation.

Urology San Antonio recommends the following screening guidelines.
 Age  Screening Recommendation 
 39 and younger        Not recommended 
 40 - 49  Recommended at least once in 40s to determine baseline; frequency determined by your doctor based on your results and risk factors
 50 - 69  Recommended yearly unless your doctor suggests a different frequency
 70+  Recommended for men with 10+ years of life expectancy; frequency determined by your doctor
 Not recommended for men with less than 10 years of life expectancy

Updated 7/21/14
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