1000 Attend the 4th
Annual African-American Menís Health Forum
April 7, 2003
Reynolds, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer player and Geraldine Barber,
mother of NFL players Ronde & Tiki Barber highlighted the 4th
Annual African-American Menís Health Forum that was held on March 8,
2003 at the Hillsborough Community College-Dale Mabry Campus. This
yearís event was marked a success as nearly 1000 people attended the
annual community health forum presented by the Florida Prostate
Cancer Network. FPCN is a non-profit community organization
dedicated to educating the public about prostate cancer and menís
The menís health
forum which has been held on the Hillsborough Community College-Dale
Mabry campus each year is a collaborative community partnership with
hospitals, healthcare providers, churches and community
organizations helping to address major health issues, affecting men.
One of the main issues addressed at the forum was prostate cancer. Prostate cancer incidence
rates are 60 percent higher in African-American men than white men
and prostate cancer deaths are two times higher for African-American
men than white men. However, it is 95 percent curable if caught
early. The forum also provided screening for colon cancer,
cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure.
a breast cancer survivor and Ricky Reynolds, a prostate cancer
survivor spoke to the women and men in attendance. They provided
words of encouragement to other prostate cancer survivors, explained
the importance for people to be tested and the benefits of early
detection. Fred Johnson, also a prostate cancer survivor and well-known jazz
singer performed at the forum.
FPCN is a grass
roots organization dependant on cancer survivors, volunteers
and supporters to sustain the work of the organization. The
health forum was sponsored by
Jamaica, American Cancer Society, Bayer Pharmeuticals, The Florida
Sentinel Bulletin, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research
Institute, Hillsborough Community College, Southwest Airlines, St.
Joseph-Baptist Health Care, TAP Pharmeuticals, The Frank E. Duckwall
Foundation, University Community Hospital, USF-College of Medicine
and the USF-College of Medicine (HETC).