Virginia Mason hosts free prostate screenings in Issaquah on Friday

July 26, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

UPDATED — 3:30 p.m. July 27, 2010

Virginia Mason Medical Center is hosting a free prostate screening in Issaquah on Friday.

More than 55 million American men face the risk of prostate cancer, and early detection is the key.

Virginia Mason, in partnership with ZERO: The Project to End Prostate Cancer, will host the event from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at its Issaquah campus, 100 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

The screening is free, confidential and does not require an appointment or health insurance.

Virginia Mason providers will staff the screening and volunteers will be on hand to explain the process and answer any patient questions.

The screening consists of a simple blood test known as a prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, blood test and an optional physical exam. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis, a Virginia Mason news release said.

Results are confidential and will be sent to patients in three to four weeks by ZERO. Patients with high PSA scores should follow up with their healthcare providers.

Additional health information for men and women alike will be available at the event.

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