On Oct. 5, Island Prostate Centre provided free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) assessments to people at Tillicum Centre in honour of Nation Grocer Males’s Well being Day.
The PSA take a look at is a screening for prostate most cancers and entails a easy blood draw, defined Leanne Kopp, govt director of Island Prostate Centre. Then, the pattern is distributed to the lab to be examined. It’s not coated in B.C. or Ontario, so usually people must pay $35 for the take a look at. Nevertheless, with the assistance of assorted sponsors, Island Prostate Centre is ready to provide the take a look at without spending a dime on Males’s Well being Day.
The price barrier together with a scarcity of household medical doctors and lengthy waits at walk-ins, it may be powerful to encourage males to get examined, Kopp famous. Plus, males are sometimes embarrassed to speak about prostate well being.
Prostate most cancers therapy has a 90 per cent success fee if it’s caught early, Kopp emphasised. The free occasion at Tillicum mall makes testing accessible and helps males “be proactive in maintaining good well being.”
“We’re right here to assist and it’s okay to speak about prostate well being,” she stated. “It’s not embarrassing, it’s your life.”
The testing was set to run kind 9:30 a.m. to three p.m., however there was a line up of about 300 males earlier than 9 a.m., Kopp famous. By 1 p.m., over 500 males had been examined. The outcomes might be mailed to the boys instantly and Island Prostate centre will observe up with anybody who receives an irregular end result.
Kopp emphasised that one irregular end result isn’t conclusive. A repeat PSA take a look at would have to be completed to evaluate if prostate most cancers is current.
The Island Prostate Centre has been providing free testing days for 16 years, stated Kopp. Over 11,400 males have been examined and about 400 had irregular outcomes that had been caught due to the free PSA take a look at.
“We’ve saved numerous lives over time,” stated Kopp.
Males over 50 are inspired to get examined yearly. If there’s a household historical past of prostate most cancers then it’s advisable to begin earlier.
Apart from the free PSA take a look at, males had been additionally provided free blood stress assessments, listening to assessments and medical consultations on the mall on Saturday. Volunteers famous they’re trying ahead to seeing everybody come again for a free take a look at once more subsequent 12 months.