City hosting prostate cancer screenings for employees, public in Yuma
Prostate On-Site Project – also known as “POP” – is coming back to Yuma Jan. 24 and 25. POP will be partnering with the City of Yuma to offer prostrate screenings to their employees and the public.
The medical mobile service will be providing “affordable” prostate cancer screenings for men 40 years and older, or younger if they have a history of prostate cancer in the family.
The screenings will be held at Yuma City Hall, with overflow parking on the southeast corner of Giss Parkway Traffic Circle, just off of Madison Avenue.
The screenings will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. Times may be extended or shortened as needed due to participation.
A board certified urologist will be conducting the prostate specific antigen, digital rectal and testicular exams and physician consultations. Participants will also undergo a non-fasting blood test.
POP will accept insurance, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Net, Humana and United Healthcare (specialist co-pay fees may apply). State and city employees will receive special rates.
Participants without insurance will be charged $72 for the screening.
An annual prostate screening is recommended to men 40 years of age or older as well as men with a family history of prostate cancer, according to POP.
African-American men should be tested annually starting at age 35, says the nonprofit organization founded by prostate cancer survivor and former NFL player Gene Felker.
According to some cancer experts:
• 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime
• Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death, behind lung cancer
• The five-year survival rate for patients whose cancer is caught while still confined in the prostate is nearly 100 percent
• The five-year survival rate for those men diagnosed with advanced cancer is 34 percent
Appointments are required, and space is limited. To ensure a spot, call 480-964-3013 or 1-800-828-6139.