July 18 Program to Clarify Confusion About Prostate Cancer Screenings

Recent Changes in PSA Guidelines Go Against Decades of Widespread Use

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.

Significant public health issue

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 Scripps program will be led by Carol Salem, MD, a board-certified urologist with subspecialty training in urologic cancer. The presentation will provide an overview of the facts about screening for prostate cancer and will explore the risk factors that can raise the likelihood of developing the disease. Attendees will also learn about the full spectrum of options for diagnosis and treatment.

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.

In addition to the lecture, Scripps will host a series of free prostate cancer screening events in communities throughout San Diego County. These include:

Tuesday, July 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, 9888 Genesee Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037.

Thursday, July 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, Mercy Clinic, 4020 Fifth Ave., Suite 401, San Diego, CA 92103.

Cancer care at Scripps is provided through Scripps Cancer Center, a nationally recognized leader in cancer care, providing comprehensive care at Scripps’ four hospitals and various Scripps Clinic locations. With more than 300 affiliated physicians, Scripps Cancer Center seeks to provide the best possible treatment and cutting-edge research trials for patients by coordinating medical expertise in the areas of clinical cancer care, community outreach and clinical, translational and basic research.

Scripps is the only cancer care provider in San Diego to earn network accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Scripps Polster Breast Care Center at Scripps La Jolla, the Breast Care Center at Scripps Green Hospital and the breast care programs at Scripps Encinitas and Scripps Mercy Chula Vista have earned accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer Centers (NAPBC). The radiation oncology department at Scripps Green Hospital has earned accreditation in radiation therapy from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).


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