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Rex Healthcare Event to Encourage Men to Take Charge of Their Health

Health Fair to Focus on Prostate Health and More for Underserved Raleigh Community

Sept. 20, 2012

Contact: Dana Harris
(919) 784-7669 or (225) 772-4771

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare will host “Mobilizing Our Men, A Prostate Health Empowerment Event” to focus attention on educating men in underserved communities about taking better care of their health. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Chavis Park Community Center in Southeast Raleigh.

While the event is focused on prostate health and screening recommendations, it will also emphasize the importance of building a relationship with a primary care provider who can monitor potential changes in health over time and provide appropriate guidance on treatment.

Through this event, Rex will empower men to become advocates for their personal health as well as the health of their families. This event will use fun and informative analogies to encourage men to get in the driver’s seat when it comes to managing their most important vehicles — their bodies. Attendees will also learn how to put together their own “pit crew” of health professionals to help keep their vehicles (bodies) running strong.

Men 35 and over who attend the event will have a chance to receive a voucher for a FREE prostate health risk assessment. There will also be chances to win raffle prizes, family friendly entertainment, games and activities.

“For nearly 15 years, we have provided free screenings to our community in an effort to raise awareness,” said Dr. Leroy Darkes, medical director of the Rex Senior Health Center and a vocal advocate for prostate cancer screening and awareness. “This year, we maintain that men should be screened by a primary care doctor. We know that the best possible outcomes for a man with prostate cancer are supported when other conditions he has, such as heart disease or diabetes, are well controlled. What’s more, knowledge of these co-morbidities can help doctors more effectively guide their patients in making more beneficial treatment choices.”

For more information, visit rexhealth.com/prostate-cancer.