Mayo Opening Prostate Cancer Hub at American Legion Post to Aid Black Men

Shown is Mayo prostate cancer ambassador A.J. Merriweather speaking to local veterans about the upcoming opening.

by Lynn Jones-Turpin – The Inclusive Cancer Care Research Equity (iCCaRe) for Black Men Consortium was recently launched through funding from the Department of Defense to address prostate cancer disparities globally. To ensure that Black men in Duval County will receive the information, Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Folakemi T. Odedina, Dr. Floyd Willis and their colleagues are establishing an inner city healthcare network hub inside the American Legion Post 197 located on Benedict Road in the Avenue B/Edgewood Avenue urban corridor.

Dr. Folakemi T. Odedina, Global Equity Health Director for Mayo Clinic speaking to attendees on the consortium and next steps

To kick-off the upcoming grand opening and inform partners, veterans and the community of next steps, a luncheon was recently held at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club with hundreds of supporters in attendance for the presentation. The presented informative slide presentation shared that Black men experience significant prostate cancer disparity within the United States and that globally prostate cancer is the most common malignancy among men in 54 countries.

The iCCare for Black men consortium will address prostate cancer in Black communities globally and provide the opportunity to understand the interplay of social and biological detriments of health influencing prostate cancer survivorship experience of ethnically diverse Black men globally and locally.

Dr. Floyd Willis addressing the audience

“We are excited to work with the Post and inform the community of prostate health awareness. In our research, Black men’s stress responses have been shown to influence an individual’s predisposition to a poor quality of life. We are here to stop these statistics,” said Dr. Folakemi T. Odedina, Global Equity Health Director for Mayo Clinic.

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