Screenings at State Fair finds 371 possible cases


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) A trip to the Kansas State Fair might have been a lifesaver for 371 men.

The Wichita Eagle reports that’s the number of potential prostate cancer cases found during screening by the Hutchinson Clinic at last month’s fair.

Lynn Harris, spokeswoman for the clinic, says 2,569 men got the free blood test at the fair. Of those, 160 had a level of 4 or higher for prostate-specific antigen, or PSA. That is the protein that can indicate the presence of cancer in the prostate.

Another 211 men tested between 2.5 and 4. A reading of less than 4 nanograms of PSA per milliliter of blood has generally been considered medically normal. However, recent research has recommended follow-up tests for levels of 2.5 to 4.


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