Prostate screenings made available via mobile service

The Prostate On-Site Project’s mobile medical service will be in Kingman Wednesday offering prostate cancer screenings.

Courtesy/Prostate On-Site Project

The Prostate On-Site Project’s mobile medical service will be in Kingman Wednesday offering prostate cancer screenings.

KINGMAN – Prostate On-Site Project, a mobile medical service, will be providing prostate cancer screenings from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 12 at 3700 E. Andy Devine Ave.

The examination is performed by a board-certified urologist and includes a PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test, DRE (digital rectal exam) and testicular exam, along with physician consultation.

Cost is $72. Insurance is accepted from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and United Healthcare. Specialist co-pay fees may apply. Screenings are not covered by Medicare. It’s free for county and state employees.

Appointments are required by calling (480) 964-3013 or (800) 828-6139.

Prostate cancer frequently presents itself without any signs or symptoms, and one in six men will develop the disease in their lifetime, said Marla Zimmerman, spokeswoman for Prostate On-Site Project (POP).

If detected early, the course of treatment is less evasive and survival is nearly 100 percent possible, she said.

Tim Barber, former detective with the Tempe Police Department and board member of POP, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2009 at the age of 42. He underwent 6½ hours of surgery, five months of chemotherapy and 45 treatments of radiation before dying after a two-year battle with the disease.

“The doctors said that my cancer was so advanced that it had probably been inside me for three to five years,” Barber said in spreading the word about early detection. “The scary part was that there were virtually no symptoms. Please get tested. It’ll be the best 15 minutes you ever invested in your future.”

All men 40 years and older should be checked for prostate cancer, and those under 40 with a family history of prostate cancer should also be checked.

Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in men, and the second-leading cause of cancer death, behind lung cancer.

The five-year survival rate for patients whose cancer is caught while still confined in the prostate is nearly 100 percent, while the five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with advanced cancer is only 34 percent.

Screenings are also taking place Oct. 11 in Bullhead City and Oct. 13 in Lake Havasu City.