Approximately 250,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer annually – about 11,000 of those diagnosed are in the Veterans Health Administration system alone.
“Screening reduces the mortality rate from prostate cancer by 25-30%,” says Dr. John Feller, a veteran and Chief Medical Officer at HALO Diagnostics.
Dr. Feller recommends that vets help each other remember the importance of prostate screenings for men 50-75 years old (40-45 years old for high-risk men). He adds, “Caring for veterans always reminds me of the deep sense of community and purpose that all veterans share.”
Michael Crosby, CEO of the Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation and one of Dr. Feller’s patients, says, “The trust that is built between members of the armed services is something that is difficult to quantify.”
Crosby adds, “Make an appointment with your primary care physician for an annual physical, including a prostate cancer blood test, digital rectal exam, and a discussion about prostate cancer concerns.”
HALO Diagnostics offers prostate screenings at the HALO site in Indian Wells, California, and HALO’s Prostate Laser Center in Houston, Texas.
• PSA Test: Recommended for all men 50+ and men 45+ with a family history of prostate cancer.
• Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (mpMRI): mpMRIs are an advanced screening tool with greater accuracy and they distinguish between aggressive and slow-growing cancers.
• Liquid Biopsy: A urine test assessing men’s risk of having clinically significant or high-grade prostate cancer. Used prior to an mpMRI and before biopsy.