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Published on September 11, 2013

Altru Hosts Prostate Cancer Screening Event

Altru Health System, Grand Forks, ND – Altru encourages all men ages 50-70, with no other risk factors, to get screened for prostate cancer.  To celebrate National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Altru will host a prostate cancer screening event on Thursday, September 19 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. at Altru Cancer Center.  Individuals must call (701) 780.5396 for an appointment. Screening is free of charge.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men, and is the second leading killer (behind lung cancer). Prostate cancer screening includes a PSA (protein-specific antigen) blood test. PSA, produced by the prostate gland, is a protein detected in the blood. PSA may be an indicator of an enlarged prostate, an infection of the prostate, or perhaps cancer. A PSA blood level test is the best option for early detection of prostate cancer because it states whether or not an individual needs further testing. Risk factors for prostate cancer include family history, age, and racial/ethnic background as well as lifestyle factors.

Individuals will need to call for an appointment ((701) 780.5396) to determine if they fit within screening guidelines which include:

  1. Men ages 50 – 70 years
  2. Men 40 – 50 years with a positive family history of prostate cancer
  3. Family history includes first degree relative (father, grandfather, or brother)

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 3,800 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $400 million.