New York Daily News sponsors largest Free prostate cancer screening program in the country, 165,000 men have been helped in the past decade

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pick up Sunday’s Daily News for list of locations and Prostate Test Application

The largest prostate cancer screening program in the country kicks off on Sunday, and it’s sponsored by the Daily News.

For the past decade, New York’s Hometown Newspaper has helped more than 165,000 men over 40 receive free tests by teaming up with hospitals and clinics.

It takes just a few minutes and a simple blood test to participate in the program, which analyzes the samples for elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels, an early indicator of the cancer.

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa is just one of thousands to benefit from the screening program.

The radio host attended the first set of PSA screenings sponsored by The News in 2000. He returned annually to keep tabs on his health.

In 2010, his levels rose dramatically and he underwent surgery to remove his prostate last Easter.

“My doctor told me if I didn’t have the PSA test, I would have been dead, but, because I had a regime of testing, we caught it,” Sliwa said.

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men, after skin cancer. But the necessity of PSA screening has been questioned recently by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, federal advisory panel. Click here to read the full article