WVU Hospitals, Rotary Will Offer Health Screenings

WVU Hospitals and the Rotary Club of Morgantown have teamed up to offer multiphasic and PSA health screenings to the community.

The screenings will be offered Saturday, Aug. 20, and Saturday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-11 a.m. at Suncrest United Methodist Church (formerly Drummond Chapel), 479 Van Voorhis Road. WVU Hospitals’ Clinical Laboratories will perform the screenings.

“This is the fourth year we’ve teamed up with WVU Hospitals to provide these important screenings,” says John Forester, committee chair for the Rotary Club of Morgantown. “We share the hospital’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of those in our community.”

The multiphasic screening will provide 15 baseline blood analyses, including cholesterol. Results can help identify current or potential health problems, such as coronary heart disease, anemia, diabetes and kidney disease.

Dr. David Deci, of the WVU Department of Family Medicine, encourages participants to discuss test results with their health care provider. “Tests results that fall outside of the recommended ranges may or may not indicate a health problem,” he says. “Your health care provider can determine if abnormalities indicate the need for more testing or treatment.”

For the most accurate results, multiphasic participants should not eat, drink or smoke for 12 hours prior to the screening. Medication may be taken with small sips of water.

The PSA test measures a substance called prostate-specific antigen made by the prostate – a small gland that sits at the base of the bladder. It’s normal to find small quantities of PSA in the blood, and levels tend to gradually rise in men over the age of 60. PSA may become elevated due to infection (prostatitis), enlargement of the prostate or cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 232,090 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed this year. The ACS projects that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime; one in 33 will die from the disease.

“During the early stages of prostate cancer, there are usually no noticeable symptoms,” Dr. Deci explains. “As the disease progresses, individuals may experience the inability to urinate; frequent urination, especially at night; pain or burning when urinating; blood in the urine; and continual pain in the lower back, hips or upper thighs.

“The only way to determine if someone is suffering from prostate cancer is through a digital rectal exam by your doctor and a PSA test,” he continues. “These should be performed annually in all men over the age of 50. Those who are at increased risk for developing the disease should begin testing at age 45.” African-American men and those with a father and/or brother diagnosed with the disease fall into this category.

 The cost for the multiphasic screening is $35; PSA, $15. Payment can be made at the time of the screening/s. WVUH will not bill participants’ insurance companies for the screenings.

While walk-ins will not be turned away, appointments are strongly encouraged. To schedule an appointment, call the WVU HealthLine at 598-6100 or 1-800-982-8242. The cut-off date for appointments for the Aug. 20 screenings is Thursday, Aug. 18. The cut-off date for appointments for the Aug. 27 screenings is Thursday, Aug. 25.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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