FREE tests are being offered to men to check for signs of prostate cancer.
Quiron Salud Hospital in Torrevieja marked World Prostrate Health Day on September 15 with free tests for men aged 45 and older and those aged 40 and older where there is a family history.
The free tests and consultation with the urologist are being offered with prior appointment.
With a simple blood test, the specialist can establish the presence of a tumor by the level of a factor known as PSA.
Dr. Sven Petry, head of the Urology Unit at Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja said: “The fact that the tumor cells produce it (PSA) in greater quantity can determine in which people it is more probable to find this type of cells and decide to investigate or not the presence of these cells, by means of a prostate biopsy, depending on the potential benefits and risks that may derive from their diagnosis and treatment. ”
PSA levels increase with age, so that men without prostate cancer will have higher PSA values as they get older: “If at forty-five years old we consider a normal index a value of less than 1.5, until sixty-five years old this index of normality moves to 2.5 and so on,” explains the specialist.
The objective of the campaign is to raise awareness among the population about the importance of prevention and early detection for a good prognosis of this disease. The intention is “to inform and raise awareness in society about prostate cancer, since there is a low perception of the risk of suffering from it. Curing prostate cancer is possible if it is detected early, “explains Dr. Petry.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in the world in men and the first in incidence in Europe. Each year about 25,000 new cases are diagnosed in Spain, of which between 20% and 30% are patients who have relapsed in the disease. “However, when detected early, this tumor can be cured in 90% of cases,” cautions Dr. Petry. Prostate cancer, except for advanced stages, rarely produces any symptoms; hence the importance of PSA, which allows the early detection of this disease in asymptomatic patients.
It is not necessary to go on an empty stomach and it will be performed at Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja.
The analytical period will be from September 16 to 20 and interested persons may request information from Monday, September 16 from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Calls will be made through telephone 966 90 95 06, in the email email@example.com or through the web http://www.quironsalud.es/torrevieja/es.