Health
Thursday, September 9th. 1999
NMH screenings for leg pain, prostate
Early detection and treatment of vascular disease is important

Free screening for leg pain
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be conducting free screenings for people who are suffering from leg pain, to determine if they are at risk for a common condition known as Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD).
PVD, which affects tens of thousands of Americans, is caused by blocked blood flow in the arteries of the legs and can cause pain or swelling, difficulty walking, numbness, and skin discoloration.
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is taking part in Legs For Life - National Screening Week for PVD Leg Pain, sponsored by the Society of Cardiovascular & Interventional Radiology (SCVIR), the national professional society of interventional radiologists.
These physicians treat PVD and many other conditions using minimally invasive procedures that are often alternatives to open surgery.
The screening will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 15 from noon - 4 p.m.
People who are suffering from leg pain or other PVD symptoms are invited to make an appointment, which is required, by calling 629-6611, extension 3203.
Participants will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and information form to help determine their risk for PVD.
A brief screening exam will involve taking the personís arm and ankle blood pressure to further assess the potential of disease.
People who appear to be at moderate risk or high risk for PVD will be advised to see their physician for additional evaluation.
Vascular disease such as PVD is most common among men and women over the age of 50, people suffering from diabetes, people who smoke, and people with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.
PVD starts so quietly, however, that many people may not recognize they have a problem.
Many think they are simply feeling the natural effects of aging.
Early detection and treatment of vascular disease is important. The earlier it is identified and treated, the better the chance that the condition can be controlled with exercise, diet improvement, and if the person smokes, smoking cessation.
The screening program is not a complete medical exam but is intended to help identify people who have risk factors for PVD and to refer them to their own physicians.

Between 1980 and 1990, prostate cancer incidence increased 65 percent

Prostate cancer screening

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will provide PSA screenings on Monday, Sept. 27. The blood tests will be offered in the Community Room of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.
The fee for the test will be $5. Results will be mailed approximately two weeks after the event.
Prostate cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer in men. Between 1980 and 1990, prostate cancer incidence increased 65 percent.
It is believed that this increase was the result of improved early detection. There is expected to be a further increase related to the use of the prostate specific antigen blood test.
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a substance that is produced by the prostate gland. Men normally have a small amount of this substance in the blood.
PSA levels differ according to age and tend to rise after the age of 60. PSA can be affected by several conditions in the prostate such as the normal enlargement in the prostate, which occurs with aging.
Infection or inflammation and surgery to the prostate can also cause increased levels. There is no specific level of PSA that tells whether prostate cancer is present; however the higher the level, the more likely it is that cancer may be developing.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital encourages men over the age of 50 to take advantage of this service.
If you are 40 years old and at high risk of developing this cancer you are also encouraged to participate.
African-American men are at high risk for developing prostate cancer, as are men who have a family history of the disease.
For additional information on the PSA screening contact Jill Green at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital - 629-6611, ext. 2560.