In 2012, The Medical Center Cancer Committee selected Prostate Cancer Screening as the primary cancer screening for the year in an effort to decrease the number of patients with late-stage disease.
Prostate Cancer is one of the leading diagnoses in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. The American Cancer Society estimated that 28,660 men in the United States would die of prostate cancer in 2012, and in the next ten years, prostate cancer will be one of the fastest growing cancers treated in the community setting.
Free prostate cancer screenings were provided at The Medical Center's Men's Health Tune Up held at the Bowling Green Ballpark on June 16, 2012. More than 5,700 people were in attendance and had the opportunity to hear Urologist Matthew Rutter, M.D. speak to the crowd before the game began on the importance of early screening and the treatment of prostate cancer. Seventy-nine men participated in the free PSA screening offered by the hospital, seven of which had elevated results.
All screening results were reviewed by a registered nurse. Results were mailed to the participants and those with elevated PSA were instructed to follow up with their physician. Two weeks following the mailing, those with elevated results were called to see if they made an appointment with their physician. They were encouraged to do so and offered assistance with physician referral as needed. Three of the seven participants with elevations were already being followed by a urologist. Three months following the initial mailing, those with elevations were contacted again. There were no confirmed cases of prostate cancer, and one participant was having ongoing follow-up for additional testing.