Screening consists of a simple procedure that includes a blood test and exam.

SANTA MARIA – August 25, 2016 – In recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center is offering free prostate cancer screenings to men without health coverage, 55 to 69 years of age.

This free prostate cancer screening will take place on Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The screening is being offered to those at high risk for prostate cancer such as men 50 years or older and men whose father, brother, or son has had prostate cancer.

In its early stages, prostate cancer does not have any noticeable symptoms.  If, however, a man with prostate cancer waits to act until he has symptoms, the cancer may already have grown outside the prostate and progressed to the point where it is rarely curable. Regular screening offers the best way to maximize a man’s chances of discovering the cancer while it is still in its earliest and most curable stages.  This screening test only takes minutes to complete, and could be live saving.

The screening is intended to catch the cancer in its earliest stages when it is most treatable.  The prostate makes a substance called prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and the levels of PSA are measured in a blood test.  Levels can be high for many reasons, but if concerned, your physician may refer to you to a urology specialist for further testing.

Space is limited for this free prostate cancer screening and registration is required.  For information or to register, please call 805.219.HOPE (4673).  Mission Hope Cancer Center is located at 1325 East Church Street, Santa Maria.

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About Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center

Marian Cancer Care at Mission Hope Cancer Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. This award recognition is the highest designation awarded to community cancer centers and Marian Cancer Care is one of only three designated programs between San Francisco and Los Angeles to receive this impressive accreditation for exceptional performance. As the first integrated oncology facility on the Central Coast, Mission Hope Cancer Center features advanced technology and expert health care professionals from the nation’s top medical training programs. This state-of-the-art facility unites Santa Maria oncology treatment, imaging, research, education and outreach services at one location.

 

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care, and is a designated STEMI Receiving Center (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) in Santa Barbara County.  Santa Barbara County STEMI receiving programs earned the Silver Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in patient care. Marian has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. In addition, Marian has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award. The medical center’s cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at http://www.dignityhealth.org/marianregional/