Prostate Cancer Awareness Summit Addresses "Silent Killer"

June  27, 2014

      Community groups are spreading the word about a disease known as "the silent killer": prostate cancer. Tomorrow, the Martin Luther King Center will host its second annual Prostate Cancer Awareness and Testing Summit.

      Reverend Dwight Ford, executive director of the King Center, says the event is part of a campaign called "Leave No Man Behind." He says prostate cancer disproportionately affects African-American men over age 40.

      "Ideally, no man behind is that we have to reach out to the African-American community. Second of all, Latino men have a high contraction rate as well, and we're trying to get the word out in their community, but all men are susceptible to prostate cancer, regardless of their ethnicity or racial background and backdrop."

      Ford says many men avoid the doctor for a few reasons, like high costs. 

       "And maybe fear of going to the doctor, so we're trying to dispel all of the myths about what manhood looks like. Manhood is getting checked regularly. Manhood is doing that which is required to be here another year and know what's happening in our own bodies."

      Health specialists will attend the summit and give free screenings. Also, Dr. Beth Shelly, a pelvic specialist, will talk about prostate health. 

      The second annual Prostate Cancer Awareness and Testing Summit will be held tomorrow at 9 am at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in Rock Island.

      The event is sponsored by Greater Quad Cities Us TOO Prostate Cancer Education & Support Group, Metropolitan Laboratory, PLC, and local churches. 


(Photo: Young men participating in activities at the King Center).