Community Outreach

Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening Clinic

Operating since 2003, our weekly mobile Prostate Clinic provides a valuable service to underserved, at-risk community members and a valuable learning opportunity for residents, who develop skills and habits to work effectively as a member or leader of a health care team.

Led by William Barrett, MD, the mobile screening program provides free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests to men living in traditionally low-income, urban neighborhoods who may not have access to regular health care.

PSA is a substance released into the bloodstream from the male prostate gland. While low levels of the substance may be found in healthy men, elevated levels often indicate prostate cancer. When detected in an early stage, prostate is one of the most curable types of cancer.

Still, the American Cancer Society estimates that at least 186,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, while 28,000 die from it.

As part of the program, each screening participant receives a PSA test and physical examination. Letters explaining test results and any recommended follow-up actions are sent to each patient’s home and family physician.

Men who have a rising PSA (greater than 4.0) are encouraged to see their family physician or a urologist for further testing. Elevated PSA can be an indicator of prostate cancer or something else, such as an enlarged prostate.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, Barrett’s team has screened more than 1,000 men. Of those screened, more than 6 percent have had elevated PSA levels that required further testing.

Screening Van
Clinic Hours and Locations

Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact:

Lydia Wocher
(513) 584-5668 Phone
(513) 584-4007 Fax