One free screening could save your life

  • Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tom Hall did not know he had prostate cancer until the results of a routine screening caught the problem. He did not have a family history or any symptoms. Yet his cancer was aggressive, so it痴 fortunate that he found out when he did.Tom had his cancer treated with minimally invasive robotic surgery at Trident Medical Center (TMC), and after a successful recovery was able to return to his active lifestyle. 的知 back to running. I知 back to drumming. I知 back to cycling. I知 doing all those things that I was doing prior to cancer, says Tom, who was 57 when he was originally diagnosed in 2009.Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. However,more than 2 million men in the United States who have had prostate cancer at some point are still alive today. The death rate is decreasing, in part because of early detection.On Thursday, March 29, Trident Health will offer a free prostate screening at TMC. The screening will take place between 5-6:30 p.m.The event encourages all men over the age of 40 to get checked. To register for this free screening, please call 843-797-FIND (3463).One of the most effective tools to catch prostate cancer early is the protein specific antigen(PSA) test. PSA is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland and is found in higher levels when certain conditions, including prostate cancer,are present. The PSA test, which is done by taking a blood sample, can detect many cancers that a doctor cannot feel. It was Tom痴 PSA test results that tipped his doctor off to his cancer. While Tom initially hesitated to pursue surgery, he was glad to learnabout the benefits of robotic surgery, which typically results in less pain, scarring and blood loss than traditional surgery, as well as quicker recovery times. Tom agreed to share his story publicly because he wanted to encourage other men to get checked. He did plenty of research at the time of his diagnosis and has been staggered by the number of men in South Carolina who are dying because of prostate cancer. 的t痴 frightening to be diagnosed with cancer, he says, 澱ut it痴 great to know that there are other options (for surgery ) these days.

"One free screening could save your life. It came down to anautopsy or a biopsy. The choice was easy. -Tom Hall, Summerville

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