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Younger men getting prostate tests

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Younger men getting prostate tests
Younger men are coming forward to be screened for prostate cancer. (Picture by Sandy Pitt)

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Health officials are pleased that in the last year, younger men have been getting prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests.

And executive director at Cancer Support Services, Jan Lynton, hopes that the trend will continue when they resume special testing clinics next year.

“Because of COVID, we thought we would not have had anyone coming out, but about six weeks ago we saw about 170 persons come in, and we are reaching younger persons, many who knew about our services and that is a good sign,” Lynton said.

She made these comments yesterday at CSS’ Dayrells Road, Christ Church offices during their final PSA testing session for the year.

PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland below the bladder in men, and the PSA test is a blood test that measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood.

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