The registration drive in progress.
COLE BAY–More than fifty men registered to receive a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and get answers to their prostate cancer questions at the first “Man Up and Check Up” Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign registration drive, held at Napa Auto Truck and Marine Parts store in Cole Bay, on Saturday, September 14.
“Many eager men were waiting for the registration which ran from 10:00am until 2:00pm,” coordinators said.
Registrants were greeted by smiling members of the prostate cancer awareness team members, who were dressed in blue. Prostate cancer survivors and “warriors” from the community encouraged and accompanied their male friends to get informed and register for a free screening on September 28, at SMMC from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) Urologists Dr. Diego Ramos and Dr. Carlos Rojas along with nurses and volunteers were on hand for the registration drive. In addition to registering for the PSA blood test, men also had an opportunity to get answers to their questions from the urologists present.
Upon registration, men received a prostate cancer awareness campaign Man Up Check Up T-shirt, educational literature, Fiji Water and Vitamalt.
The objective of the campaign is to break the taboo on prostate cancer as well as to educate and encourage men to talk of this disease with their health care providers and with other men in the community.
A “Man Up and Check Up” prostate cancer awareness information session with Dr. Ramos and Dr. Rojas will be held at the Christian Faith Ministries International Church in Dutch Quarter, on September 22, from 7:00pm. The doctors will speak about erectile dysfunction. Coordinators urge everyone to attend this free event.
SMMC and the Positive and Elektralyets Foundations urge men between the ages of 40 and 75 to take action in an effort to help save lives in the community.
The next registration drive is scheduled for September 21, at Kooyman on the A.J.C. Brouwer Road, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
Internationally, September is observed as prostate cancer awareness month with a light blue ribbon as the symbol. This September, Positive and Elektralytes Foundations aim to get men to talk about the PSA test with their doctor and make an informed decision about the best testing approach.
“This September let’s turn awareness into action. Early detection is the key to saving lives through screenings like the PSA and the Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) which helps to identify prostate cancer in its earliest stages,” presidents of the two foundations Shelly Alphonso and Mercedes “Elektra” van de Waals-Wyatt said.
The Foundations thanked Napa owner Michael Ferrier and his team, partners, volunteers and sponsors who went out to make the event a success.