Newport News, VA - The Peninsula Institute for Community Health (PICH) will host its annual Men's Health Fair and Prostate Cancer Screening on Saturday, September 16th from 9:00am 2:00pm. PICH is located at 15425 Warwick Blvd. in Newport News.
All services are free, but reservations are required at 1-800-SENTARA.
Prostate cancer is easily treated if we catch it early before it spreads, says Connie Bush, community outreach coordinator for Cancer Services at Sentara CarePlex Hospital. The most important thing men can do is get an annual digital rectal exam and a blood test for Prostate Specific Antigen, or PSA.
The PICH Mens Health Fair will offer free digital rectal examinations and blood tests for PSA, cholesterol and sugar, blood pressure screenings and a host of health information specific to men.
"Men are often reluctant to go to the doctor," says Bush. "This fair gives them a chance to receive useful information and quick screenings in an informal setting and it just might save their lives."
Darnell Thoroughgood of Virginia Beach is a believer, now. He refused to let his doctor perform a digital rectal exam or a colonoscopy for five years until he discovered blood in his stool and was diagnosed with colon cancer.
"I was lucky," Thoroughgood recalls. "The cancer hadn't spread and surgery saved my life. Now, I tell any man who will listen to get those screenings and dont put it off."
"If you love your wife and if you love your kids," Thoroughgood says, "get the prostate exam and the colonoscopy, if not for you, then do it for them."
Remember; September is National Prostate Health Month.