Man UP & Check UP Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign kicks off with a BLUE BANG
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Man UP & Check UP Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign kicks off with a BLUE BANG

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SINT MAARTEN (COLE BAY) - Napa Auto Parts and Cole Bay came alive as the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC), the Positive Foundation and Elektralyets Foundation, kicked off the 2019 registration drive for Prostate Cancer.

Many eager men were waiting for the registration which ran from 10am until 2pm. On site, St. Maarten Medical Center’s Urologists Dr. Ramos, Dr. Rojas, nurses and volunteers for the Prostate Cancer Awareness registration were on hand.

Men had the opportunity to register for a prostate specific antigen (PSA)blood test and get answers to their questions from both Doctors.

Over 50 men got registered at Napa Auto parts. Upon registration men received a unique Prostate Cancer Awareness Campaign Man UP Check UP T-shirt, educational literature, Fiji Water and Vitamalt.

Men were greeted by the Prostate Cancer Awareness Team in a sea of blue with smiling faces. Survivors and warriors of prostate cancer from our community encouraged and accompanied their male friends to get informed and registered for the big FREE screening on September 28th at SMMC from 10am to 2pm.

The objective of the campaign is to break the taboo of Prostate Cancer on the island, educate and encourage men to talk of this disease with their health care providers and with other men in the community.

On September 22 at 7PM, the Christian Faith Ministries International Church in Dutch Quarter will be the host of a Man UP & Check UP Prostate Cancer Awareness Information session with guest speakers Dr. Ramos of the St. Maarten Medical Center and Dr. Rojas who will talk about erectile dysfunction. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this free event.

The St. Maarten Medical Center, Positive and Elektralyets Foundation are encouraging and calling on men between the ages 40 to 75 years old to action in an effort to help save lives in the community. The next registration drive is scheduled for September 21, 2019 at Kooyman on the AJC Brouwers Road, St. Maarten from 10am -2pm.

Internationally, September is observed as prostate cancer awareness month with the light blue ribbon as the symbol. This September, the Positive and Elektralytes Foundations would like to get the men in our lives to talk about the prostate specific antigen (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 Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) and the Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) which helps to identify prostate cancer in its earliest stages,” concluded Shelly Alphonso and Mercedes “Elektra” van de Waals-Wyatt, Presidents of the two foundations.

The Foundations would like to Thank Mr. Michael Ferrier and his team at Napa Auto Parts, the partners, volunteers and sponsors who came out to make this a pilot prostate cancer awareness event a grand success.

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