Free PSA Testing at Community Blood Services

Any man 40 years old or older who successfully donates whole blood or platelets at a Community Blood Services’ center or mobile blood drive from September 25th to 30th can request a complimentary PSA assay test – a simple prostate cancer screening test that can help detect potential disease – at the time of his donation.

“Offering complimentary PSA testing during National Prostate Awareness Month is one way for us to show our commitment to the health of our community members,” said Susan Mysliwiec, assistant vice president of recruitment at Community Blood Services.

She said donors can make an appointment to donate whole blood, or find a nearby mobile blood drive, by calling 201-251-3703 in New Jersey or 845-294-3362 in New York. Walk-ins are also welcome at the centers, Mysliwiec said, although an appointment is needed to donate platelets.

Mysliwiec said Community Blood Services is in constant need of blood and platelet donors in order to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients at the 38 hospitals it serves in northern New Jersey and southern New York.

The Paramus center, located at 970 Linwood Avenue West, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lincoln Park center at 63 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 304, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hours at the Goshen site, 7 Coates Drive, Suite 5, are: Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is closed on Fridays.

PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) is a natural protein produced by normal prostate glands in healthy men. The test measures PSA levels in the blood. An elevated PSA blood level may be a warning sign in men for prostate cancer, other urinary tract diseases or conditions such as benign enlargement of the prostate gland.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 235,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States and an estimated 27,000 will die from the disease.

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