PEMBROKE — You don’t have to convince Charles Webb that health screenings save lives.
The Gibson man said his brother is proof.
Webb said his sibling did not have health insurance and may not have gotten screened if not for the free service provided by the Scotland Memorial Foundation. The prostate cancer was found in time thanks to the annual Men’s Health Event.
Webb’s story is perfect illustration of this year’s theme of the event, which was to heighten awareness of preventable health problems for men and to encourage early detection and treatment.
After taking advantage of the free health screenings, “my brother found out he had prostate cancer,” said Webb, who attended the 12th annual Men’s Health Event in Pembroke.
More than 50 men showed up last week to take part in the session at The Boys and Girls Club of the Lumbee Tribe.
Thursday’s event was the final part of a two-part series starting with free health screenings done earlier in month.
“We were very pleased to be able to offer those free screenings and we are able to do that through the philanthropic support the foundation gets through the many donors throughout the community,” said Kristen Dean, executive director of the Scotland Memorial Foundation.
The event featured a panel discussion with three local surgeons — cardiologist Dr. William L. Harris; orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ralph E. Carter III; and general surgeon Dr. Leslie Salloum.
Salloum’s emphasized the importance of looking for symptoms of preventable problems and explained the importance of men’s health.
“Everyone talks about women’s health and we forget about men’s health. Men are important too,” he said.
Among the health care exhibitors was the Wound Center offering free foot screenings aimed to check diabetics for neuropathy.
Although no questions were asked during the Q and A period, several attendees thanked Scotland Health Care System for what it does for the region.
“I’m glad I was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital, you saved my life,” said Erwin Jacobs of Maxton.
Thursday marked the first time Pembroke has hosted the Men’s Health Event.
“We want to get the word out about health education,” said Paul Brooks Jr., Thursday’s emcee.
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