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Men’s Health Symposium Targets Prostate Cancer, Heart Disease Prevention

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Prostate cancer occurs more often in African-American men, who are more than twice as likely to die of the disease as white men, according to the American Cancer Society. Early detection can save lives. To help men take action on prostate cancer prevention and other health issues, the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) and Mills-Peninsula are hosting the annual Men’s Health Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Mills Health Center in San Mateo.

“This is meant to be a day of empowerment for our men to take charge of their own health,” says Gloria Brown, chairperson of AACHAC. “Men tend to put health screenings off. This event makes it easy and fun to take action and learn more about healthy living.”

The event offers free health screenings for prostate cancer, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. A 12-hour fast is required for the lab screenings (water and medications are OK, delay diabetes medications).

In addition to prostate cancer, this year’s event is also focused on heart disease prevention. Dean Moore, a heart transplant recipient, musician and former San Francisco 49er, will be the keynote presenter and will perform a concert at the end of the event. The lab screenings — specifically cholesterol and blood pressure tests — can alert the presence of risk factors for heart disease.

Registration for the Men’s Health Symposium starts at 7 a.m., and screenings start at 7:30 a.m. The event, including breakfast, lunch and a concert, is free to attendees who register by 11:30 a.m. After 11:30 a.m., the cost is $10 for lunch and the concert.

For more information and to register, call 650-696-4378 or go to aachac.org.