The Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition Encourages Men To Monitor Their Health
The Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition has worked to increase awareness and provide Prostate Cancer screenings to the men in our community. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death for Black men in the state of Georgia. As with other health challenges, the outcomes in our community are far worst than the general community. Like most health issues, when discovered early, the likely hood of living is high. The later the discovery, the worst the outcome.
Uzma Khan shares her husband's story and the reason why she is an active participant with the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition. He died from the disease at age 50. Even though challenges began to show up at age 46, her husband didn’t take a PSA test until two years later and was then diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate cancer.
Khan urges everyone to listen to their body and, when changes occur, speak up. If cancer doesn’t run in your family, you should be screened at age 50. If cancer is challenging for your family, you should be screened early and have follow-up screenings.
This is not a disease that men can “self-check”; you have to visit a physician. The symptoms are often slight. You may have to ask your doctor for a PSA test. At age 40, you should begin asking your physician about your prostate health.
Khan continues to say that science has become better for testing and screening prostate cancer. Additionally, the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition provides screenings throughout the state. Organizations can reach out to them directly about this service.
I asked Khan about their upcoming fundraiser, a Golf Tournament at Crystal Lakes Golf and Country Club, on May 22nd. She shares that all proceeds will go towards screening tests for those without access.
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