Prostate Cancer Screening Near Charlotte, NC
Our Urgent Care & Walk-in Clinic at First Care Medical Clinic Provides Efficient PSA Screening for Prostate Cancer Utilizing Our In-house Laboratory Services. Located at 2938 The Plaza, Charlotte, North Carolina 28205. Book an Appointment Online Or Call (704) 228-7343.
In the United States, one out of every seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lives. Fortunately, prostate cancer is very treatable if caught early before it spreads to other parts of the body. The five-year survival rate is nearly 100%, which is why regular screening is vital to your health. You can be screened for prostate cancer at First Care Medical Clinic utilizing our onsite, state of the art lab. Make an appointment today and take the first step to keep yourself healthy!
How do you screen for prostate cancer at your clinic?
At our clinic, we use a simple blood test called a PSA or prostate-specific antigen test. For most people, this screening should be enough to detect the early stages of prostate cancer. For those in higher risk categories, more thorough screenings may be needed like a digital rectal exam. You’ll speak with our provider to see if more comprehensive testing is recommended.
What is a prostate-specific antigen test?
A prostate will produce specific types of protein and a PSA test measures that protein level in a man’s blood. The test results are generally reported as nanograms of PSA per milliliter of blood (ng/mL). Men who have prostate cancer usually have elevated levels of PSA in their blood. The PSA test is a proven method of screening for prostate cancer and has been in use since 1986.
However, a positive PSA test may not always indicate prostate cancer. A positive test will likely result in additional testing to confirm the presence of prostate cancer. Positive PSA results can often be the result of benign prostate conditions that do not affect the health of most men. Two of the most common conditions are prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH or enlargement of the prostate.) While these conditions currently have no connection to prostate cancer, it is possible to have one or both and also develop prostate cancer as well.
How concerned should I be about prostate cancer if I get a positive result from a PSA test?
In some cases, prostate cancer is a slow-growing disease and depending on a man’s age, and it may never actually affect their health. A PSA test will only detect the presence of cancer but does not indicate if it is aggressive or slow growing. Only a qualified physician experienced in prostate cancer treatment can make that determination. Treatment for prostate cancer can save someone’s life, but there could be temporary or long lasting side effects like erectile dysfunction or incontinence.
When should I get screened for prostate cancer?
Generally, men should be screened for prostate cancer once they reach the age of 50, assuming they are of average risk and are expected to live for at least another ten years. Screening should start at 45 if you are African American and have a first-degree relative who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age. This category would include your father, brother, or son who was diagnosed before the age of 65. Men should start their screening at age 40 if they have more than one first degree relative who was diagnosed with cancer at an early age.
Where is your facility located?
Our clinic is located at 9040 Nations Ford Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28273. We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Our facility accepts most major insurances, and we have self-pay options available. Do you have questions about prostate cancer, the PSA Test to screen for it, or would you like to make an appointment? Call our friendly staff at (704) 228-7385.