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  •  Rome Memorial Hospital offers free PSA screening for men  

    Prostate cancer can often be detected early in men with a simple blood test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. Rome Memorial Hospital is offering free PSA screening for men 50 and older, Monday through Friday, Sept. 11-15, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine, 107 E. Chestnut St., Suite #103, in Rome. A blood sample will be taken for the test.
    “Prostate cancer can be cured if it is caught early enough,” said Board Certified Radiation Oncologist Linda Schicker, M.D. “The PSA test is a sensitive screening tool that can help detect prostate cancer before the tumor is large enough to be felt.”
    Although there has been some debate over the value of PSA testing because levels can be elevated by non-cancerous prostate disease, Dr. Schicker believes the risk of a false positive test is a small price to pay for early detection.
    “Usually men do not develop any symptoms of prostate cancer until the cancer is well established. It progresses silently until the patient begins to have trouble with urination or bone pain from cancer that has spread from the prostate,” Dr. Schicker continued. “I’ve had patients who were diagnosed when only 5 percent of the prostate gland was involved because they get their PSAs annually. For them, the chance of being cured is very high because the cancer is small and they have more treatment options available to them.”
    “Mohawk Valley Radiation Medicine is committed to providing exceptional care to cancer patients in Rome and the surrounding rural areas,” said Director Amy Weakley. “December marks the start of our 18th year of service to the community.”
    “Under the direction of Dr. Schicker, our staff provides comprehensive and compassionate radiation therapy services that have earned the trust of patients and area physicians,” Weakley said. “Since daily treatments often last eight to nine weeks, our patients appreciate the convenience of receiving their radiation therapy close to home.”
    For additional information about the free PSA screening, call 315.338.0897.