Gift of Life men's screenings still scheduled despite weather

The Gift of Life is hosting its final Men’s Health Month Screening site for the month of June in Port Arthur on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. – Noon at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center (1800 Lakeshore Dr.).

"We’re really excited because we’re actually bringing in a Port Arthur native and Super Bowl Champion Joe Washington, Jr. to meet and greet our clients," said Holli Peterson, spokesperson for the Gift of Life.

"Right now, we’re having several people calling and asking us if we’re cancelling our screening due to weather. At this time, we have no plans to cancel."

Gift of Life screens men who are at least 45 years of age (40 if African American or younger if there is a family history of prostate cancer) and have not had prostate cancer, have limited income and are medically underinsured. Early detection is the best protection, and statistics reflect that the five-year survival rate for men whose prostate cancer is diagnosed early is nearly 100 percent.

Gift of Life’s essential services, which help to reduce healthcare disparities, benefit men who cannot afford insurance or who have high deductibles. At screening sites, clients receive comprehensive primary healthcare services—including on-site consultations with medical professionals to discuss the significance of test results and healthy lifestyle practices—educational information and navigation to necessary resources. The free panel of screenings includes prostate-specific antigen (PSA), cholesterol and glucose, blood pressure, HIV and Hepatitis C tests. Gift of Life’s Men Against Cancer Prostate Cancer Support Group members volunteer and offer assistance to clients and their families and ensure everyone receives breakfast and lunch, door prizes and other health-related materials.

Medical support at the screenings will be provided by Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Legacy Community Health, Gulf Coast Health Center, Triangle Area Network, Beaumont and Port Arthur Health Department, UT Physicians group, and Lamar University faculty and students, all of whom are vital partners in the organization’s coordinated medical continuum of care and deliverance of regional services for medically underserved men.

For more information, visit giftoflifebmt.org or call the office at (409) 833-3663. To register for a screening, please call the 24-hour hotline at (409) 860-3369.

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