CAYHILL, Sint Maarten — The St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has partnered with the Positive Foundation and Elektralyets Foundation to promote the awareness of Prostate cancer through a special campaign that is themed ‘MAN UP & CHECK UP’.
September is recognized globally as ‘Prostate Health Month’ and ‘Prostate Cancer Awareness Month’. prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men. Risk factors include age, race, nationality and family history. While it is a serious disease, it is treatable, but early detection is key.
The goal of the ‘MAN UP & CHECK UP’ campaign is to raise awareness of and improve education on prostate health and prostate cancer through public service announcements, radio interviews, social media posts, registration drives, billboards and a lecture.
Ms. Mercedes Wyatt of the Elektralyets Foundation states: “The foundations have been talking and thinking a lot about doing something for Prostate Cancer Awareness and contacted by SMMC we gladly accepted the challenge to work together”.
She continues; “We want to help break the taboo of prostate cancer on the island. We can do this through educating and encouraging men to talk about this disease to their health care provider and to other men in their communities. We are very excited to be working with the SMMC on this Prostate Awareness Campaign and look forward to help saving lives on St. Maarten.”
We urge all men to take charge of their health and talk to their family physician about prostate cancer. Get to know the risks involved and the importance of getting regular Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Tests to aid early detection.
Be sure to visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/StMaartenMedicalCenter throughout the month of September for campaign activities and updates.