To promote prostate cancer education and awareness, Somerset Community College will be hosting a free event on the topic on September 12, 2012 on the Laurel Campus North Health Sciences Building (Building #3), room 113, located at 100 University Drive, London, Kentucky 40741.
Although many men are uncomfortable with the thought of getting a prostate exam, research shows that education and screenings can be beneficial in the early detection of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is cancer that occurs in a man's prostate — a small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm. It is one of the most common types of cancer in men; however, it is also one of the most treatable types of cancer when detected early, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website.
James Davis, counselor and assistant professor of Psychology at Somerset Community College, said, “We are conducting this campus event to encourage men to take charge of their health status and to begin having important discussions about their health with their doctor.”
The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude at noon. Those participating in the event include Davis, Mayor of London Troy Rudder, Mindy Rogers with the Kentucky Cancer Program, SCC faculty Aaron Bradley and Sam Dick, prostate cancer survivor and news anchor at WKYT television in Lexington.
The event is open to the general public. There is no fee to attend.
"It is important that the entire family unit have conversations about well health and appropriate screenings so as to maintain healthy lives and to prevent diseases,” said Davis. “Cancer impacts the entire family, grandfathers, grandmothers, dads, moms and kids. It is vital that we take charge of our health and learn more about all types of diseases, including prostate cancer. "