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Free Blues Concert and Prostate Cancer Screenings at Acres Homes Multi-Service Center

Free Blues Concert and Prostate Cancer Screenings at Acres Homes Multi-Service Center
M. D. Anderson News Release, 09/23/03

To highlight prostate cancer awareness The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Tex Us Too!, a prostate cancer support group, announce a free blues concert Saturday, September 27 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Acres Home Multi-Service Center (6719 W. Montgomery Road). Free prostate cancer screenings and information will also be available during the concert.

Local musician Andy Williams and his blues band will perform the concert to support M. D. Anderson’s Prostate Outreach Program (POP). The program offers free prostate cancer screenings and information to African-American men age 40 to 70 years old at two locations each week: Tuesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Riverside General Hospital (3204 Ennis) and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center.

According to the National Cancer Institute, African-American men in the United States have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. They have a 60% higher incidence rate of prostate cancer than Caucasian men, and African-American men are twice as likely to die from the disease than other Americans.

“We know that early detection of prostate cancer can save lives,” said Curtis Pettaway, M.D., director of the Prostate Outreach Program and a prostate cancer specialist at M. D. Anderson. “This program offers free and convenient screenings along with an education component and services to help those who are uninsured or underinsured.”

Since its launch in June 2003 more than 200 men have taken advantage of the free screenings. Event organizers hope the concert will increase awareness in the African-American community of the prevalence of prostate cancer and encourage more men to take advantage of the free screenings and information.

For concert information or to schedule an appointment for a screening, please call (713) 563-1371.

09/23/2003


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