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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 4, 2010

“Real Men Check'n It Out” prostate cancer program and screening available

COLUMBIA - Prostate cancer screenings for men will be available at no cost in the Charleston area three times during the month of February as part of the Barbershop Health Talk Program, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

“The screenings will target African-American men 45 and over with a family history of prostate cancer, and African-American men age 50 and above who do not have a family history of prostate cancer,” said Catherine Lamkin, director of health education with DHEC’s Region 7 public health office which serves Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. “The three screenings will be held February 20, 22nd and 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Michael’s and Company barbershop located west of the Ashley at 1114 Mayzck Road. For an appointment, please call (843) 402-0577 Tuesday through Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.”

Lamkin said the screenings are the first to be offered as a part of a yearlong effort to improve awareness of the need for prostate cancer screenings. Another seven screenings will be held in upcoming months.

The Barbershop Health Talk program is a partnership among DHEC, the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center, Project C.H.E.S.S., Closing the Gap, Dr. Thaddeus Bell, Michael’s and Company Barbershop and The Men’s Health Network. The program uses barbershops around Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties as a way to target health messages to African-American men.

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For more information:
Linda Pranger - (843) 953-0046
E-mail -- prangell@dhec.sc.gov

Catherine Lamkin - (843) 953-4303
E-Mail - lamkincm@dhec.sc.gov
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