Free cancer blood testing event comes to Glendale

Shops at Atlas Park
Shops at Atlas Park (QNS/File)

State Senator Joe Addabbo partnered with Mount Sinai to bring the hospital’s prostate cancer screening Mobile Unit into the Glendale community for free PSA blood tests.

Mount Sinai’s Mobile Unit will be set up at The Shops at Atlas Park, located at 8000 Cooper Ave. in Glendale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 24.

The unit will be open for men aged 45 and older who have never been diagnosed or treated for prostate cancer. Health insurance is not required since participants will not be billed for the screening. 

“As men age, it is vitally important that they take care of their prostate health through annual exams because if something is wrong, it is essential to catch prostate cancer early,” Addabbo said.

Walk-ins will be accommodated on the day of the event, but booking appointments are encouraged. Those who register with Addabbo’s office will need to provide their name, age, date of birth and phone number. Patients will also need to provide their government-issued ID and insurance card if they have one. 

“Prostate cancer is one of the deadliest cancers in the U.S. and early detection is key to combating this illness. After the pandemic our previous provider of prostate cancer screenings went out of business so it took us some time to bring this service back to the community,” Addabbo said. “I want to thank Mount Sinai and Atlas Park for their partnership in this event and for working with my team to set up this important free health screening for men across the district.”

Dr. Ash Tewari from Mount Sinai pointed out that prostate cancer disproportionately affects Black men, and the mobile unit has been instrumental in bringing much-needed care to communities in New York City.

“It is a big problem and we want to change that by creating a large, well-equipped modern mobile unit to the Black men so that they can be diagnosed earlier when cancer is potentially curable,” Tewari said. “This is a practical approach towards our battle with prostate cancer. This mobile unit has all the technologies and trained staff to engage with men to discuss shared decision making and pros and cons of prostate cancer screening.”

Patients will receive results within two to three days after the test. To register for a free PSA blood test, contact Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.