Committed to the healing of the mind, body and spirit, Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) understands that early detection of prostate cancer is critical to your well-being. LLUMC provides the following diagnostic procedures:
- Free prostate cancer testing via PSA (protein-specific antigen) blood test
- Digital rectal exam (DRE)
Causes & Risk Factors
To-date, the cause of prostate cancer is unknown. As the causes of this condition continue to be investigated, the medical community has identified risk factors contributing to prostate cancer's development:
- Age – Men over 40 are posed to be at higher risk.
- Diet – High fat food intake is theorized to increase the body’s production of testosterone, potentially promoting abnormal cell growth on the prostate gland.
- Ethnicity – Compared to other ethnicities, African American have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer while Japanese men have the lowest risk.
- Genetic History – The likelihood of developing prostate cancer is higher if it runs in your family.
- High Testosterone Levels – Abnormally high concentrations of testosterone causes prostate abnormalities which may contribute to an elevated risk of prostate cancer.
Screening tests identify prostate cancer at its earliest stages. When prostate cancer is discovered before symptoms develop, our male patients can be treated most effectively and may result in a better chance of recovery. At LLUMC, the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test is a screening tool used to detect prostate cancer in men with or without symptoms. The PSA blood test:
- Measures the level of PSA, a substance produced mostly by the prostate that serves as biological or tumor marker for men exhibiting an increased amount in the blood
- May be used as a diagnostic adjunct in combination with other tests for early detection
- May be used to monitor established and metastasized prostate cancer or detect the early recurrence of the condition
A patient with normal PSA levels does not entirely exclude the possibility of contracting prostate cancer. In conjunction with the PSA, a digital rectal exam (DRE) is strongly encouraged to:
- Check for lumps or abnormalities in prostate size, shape or texture
- Obtain more accurate results from screening tests
Fill out the Contact Us form to receive a free risk assessment booklet and learn about Loma Linda University Medical Center’s free PSA screening events.