Health experts estimate one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Saturday the New Hanover County Health Department held free screenings for men as a part of National Prostate Awareness Month. The hallways inside the New Hanover County Health Department were packed with men taking advantage of free health screenings. “I think it's good that we can address these issues before they become a problem for these men a lot of them are not able to see doctors and have healthcare and it's nice that we could provide this service,” said Rob Shakar from the New Hanover County Board of Health. Public Health officials say that most men do not go to the doctor unless there is something wrong; the free health clinic gives them a chance to have a complete health exam. Doctors and volunteers were on hand to check for obesity, diabetes, cholesterol and prostate cancer, the second leading cause of death in men. African-American men are twice as likely to get the disease as other men. “To be able to come to a fair of this magnitude, could actually help in the log run, it's a good thing,” Cleveland Span. Cleveland is fifty-years-old, and does not have health insurance. He is thankful for a free check-up. Fair organizers say the goal is to host four health fairs per year. As someone living without health insurance, Span urges others like him to get checked. “It's very important due to the fact that if you never know what's wrong with you until you go check and what you don't know can hurt you,” Cleveland said. Doctors suggest that men over the age of fifty should get screened for prostate cancer. African-American men and men with a family history of the disease should be tested earlier. If you don't have insurance and you need medical attention, the New Hanover Community Health Center provides services for a fee. For more information call 910-343-0270.
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