Clarifying confusion about prostate cancer screenings is focus of free Scripps Educational Program July 18

To help clarify public confusion about prostate cancer screenings, Scripps Health will host a free educational program “Prostate Cancer Screening: The Other Side of the Story” on Wednesday, July 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Schaetzel Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Scripps is offering the program in light of a federal health panel’s recently approved recommendation against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening for men of all ages. The recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force goes against two decades of widespread use of the PSA test as a diagnostic tool, and creates uncertainty among many patients about how to proceed with screening decisions.

Prostate cancer is a major public health issue in the United States.  It is the second-most common cancer in men and the second-leading cause of cancer death among men. In a 2010 survey, more than half of American men older than 40 reported taking a PSA test in the prior two years, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The program is open to the general public and validated parking will be provided. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla is located at 9888 Genesee Ave., La Jolla 90237. More information on events is available by calling 1-800-SCRIPPS.

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