This year, over 150 men participated in the annual Men's Health Initiative. For the past two decades, the Office of Health Equity at Duke Cancer Institute in partnership with Lincoln Community Health Center has co-hosted MHI, an outreach event aimed at screening men, particularly African American men for chronic diseases, including prostate cancer.
Over the weekend, men between the ages of 45 and 75, who have never been diagnosed with prostate cancer, participated in the free screening. The prostate cancer screening included a specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal exam (DRE). The event also provided attendees with several other screenings, such as free blood pressure exams and diabetes testing.
After the event, test results for PSA are mailed to participants’ homes. If further examination is recommended, patient navigators contact the participant to schedule appointments, assess financial need and provide referrals to health resources in the community.
“Community education and access to screening are absolutely critical,” explains Nadine Barrett, PhD, director of the 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.”