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CGTC's 2008 Men's Health Fair to be held on September 20

Central Georgia Technical College will sponsor its annual health fair for men on Saturday, September 20 at the H-Building on the college's Macon Campus. The health fair begins at 7:00 a.m. and will run until noon.

The event will include free screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, vision, hearing, dental, prostate cancer and other important health concerns. Health information and community resources will also be available.

The Men's Health Fair an excellent opportunity for all men to take an active role in learning about diseases, symptoms and treatment options that can directly affect their lives.

By taking charge of their health and recognizing the value of preventive health practices, such as screening for prostate and colorectal cancer, men can live longer, healthier and more productive lives.

The health fair is especially encouraged for men over 50 years of age and African-American men over 40 years of age to take advantage of the prostate cancer screening.

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men. The American Cancer Society estimates that during 2008 about 186,320 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. African-American men have the highest prostate cancer incidence rates among all race-ethnic groups and are twice as likely as white men to die of the disease.

Cancer screenings are important tools that can identify cancers while they are still localized and are more easily cured. No single test, however, is completely accurate in detecting cancer. A screening is but one step men need to take to protect their health. It is important for everyone to see a physician on a regular basis for a complete medical examination.

About Central Georgia Technical College

A comprehensive higher education institution, Central Georgia Technical College enrolls over 8,000 students annually in over 200 career programs offering numerous degree, diploma and certificate options, in addition to customized business and industry services, continuing education and adult education services. The College serves Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs Counties.

Submitted by James M. Harvey, Jr.
September 15, 2008

 

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