Prostate Bus: Morton Comprehensive Health Services to give free prostate cancer screenings in Tulsa

TULSA – 2 Works for You partnered with Morton Comprehensive Health Services to provide free prostate cancer screenings to Tulsa for the eighth year.

The free screening tests were offered onboard the national ZERO Projects' Drive Against Prostate Cancer bus Tuesday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 5 at the main campus of Morton Comprehensive Health Services near Pine & Lansing. 

If you weren't able to make it out to the free screenings, there's more information about prostate cancer; such as the importance of early detection, treatment options and living with the disease on the ZERO Projects' website - http://zerocancer.org/education/ .

2 Works for You secured the necessary funding to bring the ZERO Projects screening bus to Tulsa with a $7,000 grant from parent company Scripps Howard Foundation. Morton Comprehensive Health Services medical staff will conduct the medical screenings.

One in six men get prostate cancer in his lifetime, yet only half of men older than 50 ever get screened.  Prostate cancer is one of the more treatable forms of cancer, especially if detected early with this free prostate screening test.

African American men are at special risk for the disease, with one in five getting prostate cancer, the highest rate in the world. They are also two and a half times more likely to die from the disease.

Studies show regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood testing reduces prostate cancer deaths by 44 percent, and nearly 100 percent of patients survive at least five years if prostate cancer is detected early.

Aboard the mobile unit, local licensed physicians from Morton Comprehensive Health Services will conduct a free two-part early detection procedure, which consists of a PSA blood test and a physical exam. The PSA Blood Test results will be received within four weeks from the screening date and will be mailed via US postal service.

Doctors performing DRE exams will discuss any findings with the patient after the exam is performed. The Drive Against Prostate Cancer bus is the largest mobile medical program of its kind, using a 39-foot Airstream Land Yacht XL medical bus supplied by the national non-profit agency ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer.

ZERO – The Project to End Prostate Cancer started in 1996 as the National Prostate Cancer Coalition. The group changed its name to better reflect its efforts to eradicate prostate cancer. Its mobile unit tours the U.S. to raise awareness of the importance of early detection.

Tulsa is one of the mobile unit's many stops to educate and test men from coast to coast. Since 2002, free testing has been provided to more than 110,000 men.

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