The importance of early detection and screening of prostate cancer, as well as overall wellbeing in underserved communities, is the focus of a free, citywide event this month.

The Prostate Cancer Coalition and the 100 Black Men organizations are teaming up for the 2017 Annual Community Health Day and Prostate Cancer Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 23, on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University.

Ken Griffey Sr. with Ken Jr.   photo courtesy of Men Who Speak Up

The free event features an appearance by baseball Hall-of-Famer and prostate cancer survivor Ken Griffey Sr., who will be speaking about his experience, and participate in a meet-and-greet reception. Griffey, a two-time World Series Baseball Champion and a Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer, has dedicated a significant amount of his retirement to raising awareness of prostate cancer and the importance of screening and early detection.

“The cancer burden in the African-American population is higher than any other ethnic racial group in the United States and many of these tragic health outcomes could be avoided with routine screening,” according to Dr. Lannis Hall, Director of Radiation Oncology at Siteman Cancer Center. “In the St. Louis region, African-American men have the highest disparity of all solid tumors compared to other population groups. For example, one in six African-American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and one out of 23 will die from the disease. Early detection and treatment of prostate cancer have been highly successful.”

The Community Health Day will feature health booths, including free prostate screening, blood pressure, HIV, cholesterol, hearing/vision screening for children, obesity, and diet and nutritional information. The mammography van will offer free breast cancer screenings during the event, as well. Free food, refreshments, entertainment, and great door prizes will also be available.

Registration for the event is recommended and is easily completed by visiting 100blackmenstl.com

The 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis provides opportunities through initiatives through its Four For The Future programs in the categories of Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Empowerment and Leadership. The Prostate Cancer Coalition is a coalition of St. Louis health care providers, community health advocacy groups and survivors interested is raising awareness about the importance of prostate cancer in the African-American community and other high-risk men.