Pearlette Edwards, Bullock County Community Coordinator, and her team of Community Health Advisors, presented a program on early detection of Prostate Cancer at the Union Springs Senior Citizens Nutrition Center on September 29, 2021. Left to right, Bessie Caldwell, Pearlette Edwards, Margaret Hill; and Aronia C. Pritchett. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

Pearlette Edwards, Bullock County Community Coordinator, and her team of Community Health Advisors, presented a program on early detection of Prostate Cancer at the Union Springs Senior Citizens Nutrition Center on September 29, 2021. Left to right, Bessie Caldwell, Pearlette Edwards, Margaret Hill; and Aronia C. Pritchett. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

By Faye Gaston

On September 29, 2021, a team presented a program promoting prostate cancer screening at the Union Springs Senior Citizens Nutrition Center. Upon the invitation of Aronia C. Pritchett, the team came to urge the men to get a prostate screening.

Written information was distributed along with a healthy Oats 'N Honey Granola Bar, sponsored by the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The program opened with the reading of Psalm 100, followed by a prayer by Aronia C. Pritchett, host to the event. Pearlette Edwards announced that October is Prostate Cancer Month. She presented information about prostate cancer and living a healthy lifestyle that includes eating more vegetables and fruits and exercising every day. She said that one out of every five men gets prostate cancer and that early detection is the key to successfully treating this cancer.

The spoken and written information presented these facts:

(1) African-American men are at a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

(2) Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles the risk of developing the disease.

(3) African-American men with higher risk may begin screening as early as age 40.

(4) Men of average risk should begin screening at age 50.

(5) Talk with your healthcare provider about when to get your prostate screening and what screening method is best for you.

(6) Early detection saves lives.

Pearlette Edwards is the Bullock County Community Coordinator for the team of Community Health Advisors, Bessie Caldwell, Margaret Hill, and Aronia C. Pritchett.

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