Analytics are aimed at men from 45 years of age; and from 40 years if they have a family history
Torrevieja, September 2, 2019. The Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja launches a new
edition of the free campaign for early diagnosis of prostate cancer on the occasion of the
world day of this pathology, which is celebrated on September 15. The initiative consists of
carrying out free PSA tests and consultation with the urologist with prior appointment
requests to males from the general population and patients from the hospital center aged
45 and over, and from 40 years if they have a family history.
Thanks to the PSA, which is measured in a simple blood test, the specialist can establish the
value of this protein synthesized by the prostate, whose value increases in the presence of
a tumor. As explained by Dr. Sven Petry, head of the Urology Unit at Hospital Quirónsalud
Torrevieja. "The fact that the tumor cells produce it in greater quantity can determine in
which people it is more probable to find this type of cells and decide to investigate or not
the presence of these cells, by means of a prostate biopsy, depending on the potential
benefits and risks that may derive from their diagnosis and treatment. " PSA levels increase
with age, so that men without prostate cancer will have higher PSA values as they get older:
"If at forty-five years old we consider a normal index a value of less than 1.5, until sixty-five
years old this index of normality moves to 2.5 and so on," explains the specialist.
The objective of the campaign is to raise awareness among the population about the
importance of prevention and early detection for a good prognosis of this disease. The
intention is "to inform and raise awareness in society about prostate cancer, since there is a
low perception of the risk of suffering from it. Curing prostate cancer is possible if it is
detected early, "explains Dr. Petry.
90% of cases can be cured
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in the world in men and the first in
incidence in Europe. Each year about 25,000 new cases are diagnosed in Spain, of which
between 20% and 30% are patients who have relapsed in the disease. "However, when
detected early, this tumor can be cured in 90% of cases," cautions Dr. Petry. Prostate
cancer, except for advanced stages, rarely produces any symptoms; hence the importance
of PSA, which allows the early detection of this disease in asymptomatic patients.
How to access the tests
It is not necessary to go on an empty stomach and it will be performed at Hospital
Quirónsalud Torrevieja. The analytical period will be from September 16 to 20 and
interested persons may request information from Monday, September 16 from Monday to
Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Calls will be made through telephone 966 90 95 06, in the email
firstname.lastname@example.org or through the web
Quirónsalud is the most important hospital group in Spain, and the third largest in Europe. It
can be found in 13 autonomous communities in Spain, has state-of-the-art technology and
offers over 6,500 beds in more than 100 healthcare centres, such as Fundación Jiménez Díaz,
Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid, Hospital Universitario Dexeus, Ruber, Centro
Médico Teknon, Hospital La Luz, Policlínica de Guipúzcoa, Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia, etc.,
as well as a huge team of highly qualified professionals of international prestige.
We promote teaching (seven of our centres are university hospitals) and medical and scientific
research (we run the FJD [Spanish acronym, Jiménez Díaz Foundation] Instituto de Investigación
Sanitaria [Healthcare Research Institute], the only private research centre licensed by the
Secretaría de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación [Ministry for Research,
Development and Innovation]).