Guam – The Guam Healthcare and Hospital Development Foundation launched their prostate cancer community outreach program today.
According to a joint study conducted by UOG and the University of Hawaii from 2002 to 2007 the mortality rate of men on Guam with cancer increased by 100%. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer amongst men and the second leading cause of cancer death in our country.
This outreach program is focused on the importance of early detection and diagnosis. Medical oncologist Dr. Arnold Wax encouraged the use of PSA blood tests to detect prostate cancer.
“This isn’t rocket science all it requires is adding a blood test to every other blood test that the doctor orders on his annual physical it’s simple to do PSA and add it to your lipid vial it’s the same tube of blood it’s the same blood test it doesn’t even take a minute worth of thought and it’s two minutes worth of lab time,” said Dr. Wax. Dr. Wax adds that PSA’s should be used as routine blood tests administered every year to men aged 50 years and older.