The 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc. (J100), Florida Blue and the Jaguars Foundation kicked off National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by partnering for the launch of “Men Tackling the Big C” Prostate Cancer Awareness and Education (MTBC) initiative. The MTBC program will provide coordinated outreach to inform men and their families about risks factors, screening, diagnosis and treatment options related to prostate cancer.
“Our intent is to educate the community so they will know that a prostate cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. With early detection, prostate cancer is 100% treatable,” said Charles Griggs, President of the 100 Black Men of Jacksonville, Inc.
According to the Florida Prostate Cancer Advisory Council, in Florida one (1) in four (4) men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. At higher risk are African American men and men with first and second degree relatives with prostate cancer. This higher risk group represents men who are two-and-a-half times more likely to be diagnose with prostate cancer.
The initiative will feature a prostate cancer risk assessment web site launching this week, outreach during 2017 Jaguar home games, health fair screenings, system of care referrals, prostate cancer support group, speaker’s bureau network and sponsored events.
The goal of the collaborative is to reduce the number of men getting prostate cancer through prevention, and the number men dying from prostate cancer through screening and treatment. The MTBC initiative encourages men to discuss early detection evaluation options with their healthcare provider to determine the best patient care preferences.