Nearly 300 men participated in this year’s annual Men's Health Screening event. For the past two decades Duke University Health System, in partnership with Lincoln Community Health Center, has co-hosted the outreach event aimed at screening a diversity of men in the local community for chronic diseases, including prostate cancer
The free screening event, available to men 18 years and older, included cardiovascular, diabetes, colon cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, HIV, hepatitis C, lung cancer and tobacco cessation. Additionally, attendees also underwent nutrition education and radon education with complimentary take-home radon tests.
“This is a great event hosted by Duke for free! Attending these screenings is very important for the men in our community,” said Warren Herndon, who has attended the screenings for the last seven years. “Gentleman need to enter the healthcare system, as early detection is vital for surviving these diseases. I love this event, and I would recommend it to everyone. Next year, bring your friends and neighbors — keep coming back, don’t give up on your own health!”
After the event, test results for PSA are mailed to participants’ homes. If further examination is recommended, patient navigators contact the participant to schedule follow-up appointments, assess financial need and provide referrals for other health resources in the community.
“Community education and access to screening are absolutely critical,” explains Kearston Ingraham, MPH, Duke Office of Health Equity at Duke Cancer Institute. “If we are going to beat this disease, we need to stay in front of it. Knowing your numbers is an important step in the right direction.”