Free Prostate Cancer Screenings at
Community Blood Services During Men’s Health Week!
June 10-16, 2013
Any man 40 years old or older who donates blood at a Community Blood Services’ donor center or mobile blood drive from Monday, June 10 through Sunday, June 16 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.
In New Jersey, the free health screening is being offered to donors who donate at the Paramus or Lincoln Park donor centers or at the Secaucus Sam’s Club or Ramapo College blood drives, as well as at any mobile blood drive. Donors in New York can donate at the Florida Fire Department blood drive.
Donors can click here for hours and locations and click here to make an appointment to donate, or they can call 866-228-1500.
“Offering complimentary PSA testing during Men’s Health Week is one way for us to say thank you to our donors and show our commitment to the health of our community members,” said Karen Ferriday, director of community affairs at Community Blood Services. She reminded donors they would also get non-fasting glucose and cholesterol screenings, as well as their blood pressure and hemoglobin checked, at the time of their donations.
Ferriday noted that Community Blood Services needs continuous blood and platelet donations to ensure there is enough blood on its shelves to help patients at the hospitals it serves in northern New Jersey and southern New York State. She said there has been an ongoing shortage of O negative blood, as well as AB male plasma, used to treat burn and trauma victims used to treat cancer patients.
“We’re also asking volunteer blood donors who visit us throughout the week to ‘Wear Blue’ as part of the national movement to remind men of the importance of staying healthy and to let men know we care,” Ferriday said.
Men’s Health Week, which runs during the week leading up to Father’s Day every June during Men’s Health Month, was started to raise awareness and encourage men to make choices that will enable them to live better, live healthier and live longer. According to the Men’s Health Network, there is an ongoing and increasing crisis in the health and well-being of men. Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education and culturally induced behaviors, men’s health and well-being have been deteriorating steadily, with men living five years less than women.
PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) is a natural protein produced by normal prostate glands in healthy men. The PSA screening 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. About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. In 2013, nearly 239,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed and nearly 30,000 men are expected to die of the disease.
Donors will receive a letter with their PSA test results in the mail. Men with elevated PSA levels can then have their primary care physicians review those results.