Monday, January 11, 2016
BROCKTON, PLYMOUTH COUNTYy MEN OF COLOR TO LEARN ABOUT RISKS AND IMPACT OF PROSTATE CANCER
AdMeTech Foundation joins Brockton NAACP and Good Samaritan Medical Center to honor Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Stephen Bernard, President of the Brockton NAACP, Dr. Faina Shtern, President and CEO of AdMeTech Foundation, and A. Jason Zauls, MD, Cancer Program Medical Director of Good Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting a Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at the Shaw’s Center in Brockton on Saturday, January 16, 2016, between 1 pm and 4 pm. This event will follow the annual breakfast celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday.
Educational sessions will be integrated with group, family and personal consultations to inform and mobilize the local community in a fight against the high risk and high death toll of prostate cancer in black men of Brockton, Plymouth County and surrounding areas.
Prostate cancer is the most common and the second most lethal malignancy in American men. The disease strikes as many as one in five black men, who are 2.5 times more likely to die compared to other ethnic groups. According to the recent data from the National Cancer Institute, Plymouth County has the highest prostate cancer mortality rate in black men in Massachusetts. In Brockton, prostate cancer mortality in black men is 39 percent higher than the state average, according to the Department of Health’s MassChip database. Screening allows for the early detection of prostate cancer, which is critical for saving lives.
Drs. Shtern and Zauls will be joined during the plenary session by Dr. Quoc – Dien Trinh, an expert in prostate cancer and related health disparities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School. On a first come, first served basis, they will also lead individual, family, and group consultations on screening, diagnosis, and treatment options.
This event is part of AdMeTech’s campaign to create a Massachusetts model of national leadership in prostate cancer education and awareness by bringing cutting-edge advances in prostate cancer care from the state’s leading hospitals to every man, with the focus on the individuals at high risk, their caregivers and doctors.
Organizers and speakers will be available for media interviews from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
WHAT: Prostate Cancer Awareness Day and Individual, Family and Group Consultations
WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A plenary educational session will take place between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. This will be followed by a group Q&A session at 2 p.m. and then individual and family counseling with doctors from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: The Shaw’s Center, 1 Feinberg Way, Brockton, MA 02301
Stephen Bernard, President, Brockton NAACP
Juan Cofield, President, NEAC NAACP (to be confirmed)
Dr. Faina Shtern, President and CEO of AdMeTech Foundation
Dr. A. Jason Zauls, Cancer Program Medical Director, Good Samaritan Medical Center
Dr. Quoc-Dien Trinh, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School
Senator Michael Brady, D - Brockton
About AdMeTech Foundation: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Boston, MA, AdMeTech Foundation established the Manogram® Project, providing international leadership for groundbreaking programs in research, education and awareness to expedite advancement of screening, early detection and treatment of prostate cancer (www.admetech.org).
About Brockton NAACP: The Brockton branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been a leader in ensuring equal access for all residents in housing, economic opportunity, education, justice, legal support and media diversity. The branch promotes civic engagement, advocates for civil rights, and supports and encourages the revitalization of downtown Brockton (www.naacp-brocktonbranch.org).