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Public prostate cancer screenings a success

By Paul Huggins · 340-2395

Last week’s prostate cancer screening achieved its goal of drawing black men from the community, Dr. Lane Price said.

“The prostate screenings went great,” she said, noting that 73 black men participated in the free screenings at Turner-Surles Community Center.

Of those, 17 had never received a prostate cancer exam, said Price, medical director of the Decatur General Oncology Center, which sponsored the event with the Morgan County Medical Association.

Doctors found six men showing signs of possible prostate cancer, which is highly treatable when detected early.

Those men were referred to their family physicians, Dr. Price said. All participants will receive reports of their tests in the mail next week, she added.

The event organizers wanted to attract black males because records show they are more likely to contract the disease and less likely to get yearly physicals. Last year’s public screening drew 11 black men.

Alabama has the fourth highest prostate cancer death rate in America, and it was one of five states to earn a failing grade for efforts to reduce that death rate.

Price said organizers plan to conduct the screening again next summer.

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