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.
Theme is Brothers Reaching Brothers:
Taking Responsibility for Your Own Health
African American men are more likely to battle high blood pressure, diabetes, prostate cancer and several other health issues. One remedy is to start taking control of personal health, something advocated by the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC), a San Francisco Bay Area organization working to eliminate health disparities through innovative models of health education and services across generations and diverse communities.
AACHAC is hosting its annual Men’s Symposium on Saturday, September 15, from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Hendrickson Auditorium of the Mills Health Center, 100 S. San Mateo Drive,San Mateo. The theme is “Brothers Reaching Brothers: Taking Responsibility for Your Own Health.”
“This event is designed to bring awareness to our community and to inspire men to take better care of their health,” says Gloria Brown, executive director of AACHAC.
The keynote speaker is former San Francisco 49er Offensive Lineman Bubba Paris, who is now a motivational speaker.
Health screenings begin at 7 a.m. and will be offered until 9 a.m. For those eligible, the screenings are free. Details on screening requirements, including fasting, are online at the AACHAC website. Free laboratory screenings will be offered on a first come-first served basis. Available screenings include:
- Prostate (PSA)
- Cholesterol (full lipid profile)
This year’s program also consists of several information sessions on a variety of topics, such as:
- Financial Wellness for All Ages
- Should I Consider Being a Blood and Organ Donor?
- Oral : What You Need to Know
- Taking Care of Your Mind, Body and Soul (for men only)
- What Happened to My Hearing?
- Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment
- Latest Prostate Cancer Research and Recommendations
For more information or to register, visit the AACHAC website, or call 650-696-4378.