08/16/2005

Multiphasic, PSA Screenings Being Offered Next Two Saturdays

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Appointment slots are still available for the multiphasic and PSA health screenings being offered this Saturday, Aug. 20, and next Saturday, Aug. 27.

The screenings, sponsored by West Virginia University Hospitals and the Rotary Club of Morgantown, will be held from 6:30-11 a.m. at Suncrest United Methodist Church (formerly Drummond Chapel), 479 Van Voorhis Road.

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.

David Deci, M.D., of the WVU Department of Family Medicine, encourages participants to discuss test results with their health care provider. “Tests results that fall outside 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.

“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,” Dr. Deci explains. “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.

To schedule an appointment to participate in the screenings, call the WVU HealthLine at 598-6100 or 1-800-982-8242.

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For more information:
Stephanie Bock, WVUH, (304) 598-6335
bocks@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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