Lowndes health department to offer free prostate exams
Published 5:17 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Lowndes County Health Department will be offering prostate exams in the first Saturday in April.
On April 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the department is asking all men of at least 40 years of age to visit the health department for a free screening.
Neither paperwork nor health insurance is required to receive a free exam.
Screenings will be handled on a walk-in basis, and visitors will receive a free T-shirt for their troubles.
The department requires that at least 100 men participate, though as of Monday only 68 men have signed up for the program.
Lowndes County Commissioner Brenson Crenshaw has been involved with the program for the past three years, and urged the crowd present at Monday night’s commission meeting to attend and spread the word.
“If you have not ha a prostate exam, please do so,” Crenshaw said.
“The young and old are dying all the time of cancer.
A long time ago, we as African Americans didn’t think about cancer killing us like this. But it’s been going on now long enough, especially prostate cancer.
“So we do need to get it checked. Forget about what you’ve got in the back of your head and think about being here for as long as you can. So I encourage the men to have that exam done.”
According to the National Cancer Institute, prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in North American men, excluding skin cancers.
And estimated 220,800 new cases will arise in 2015 in the United States alone, alongside 27,540 prostate cancer-related deaths.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, exceeded only by lung cancer.
It accounts for 26 percent of all male cancers and nine percent of male cancer-related deaths.
Prostate cancer is uncommonly seen in men younger than 50, but the incidence rises rapidly with each decade thereafter.
Also, studies show that the incidence rate is higher in African American men than in white men.
From 2005 to 2009, the overall age-adjusted incidence rate was 236 per 100,000 African American men and 146.9 per 100,000 white men.
African American males have a higher mortality from prostate cancer, and men with a family history of prostate cancer are at an increased risk of the disease.
For more information about prostate cancer and the free exams on April 4, contact the Lowndes County Health Department at 334-548-2564.