orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Local News

July 6, 2013

Saving the lives of hundreds of Southeast Texas men

BEAUMONT — Nearly 350 Southeast Texas men were “man enough to get checked” at free prostate cancer screening events provided by the Gift of Life and its medical partner,  Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, during National Men’s Health Month.

At screening sites in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange, eligible men received consultations with medical professionals, information on healthy lifestyle practices, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests from Baptist Hospital phlebotomists, blood glucose and blood pressure testing from representatives of the Gulf Coast Health Center and HIV screenings from representatives of the Baptist Cancer Center. Additional educational materials were provided by the Dauphin Screening and Prevention Center, the Gift of Life, Legacy Community Healthcare Services, UTMB and Triangle Aids Network.

The high attendance was a heartening testament to the ever-increasing need for preventative cancer screenings in the region. In addition to prostate cancer, the screenings focused on overall wellness by offering a variety of tests leading to a steady dialogue between doctors and clients, many of whom may not have had medical counseling for some time due to a lack of insurance or high deductibles.

“Talking to the doctors and nurses, reading the literature and immediately receiving my blood glucose and blood pressure test results provide a great opportunity to have a follow-up conversation with my doctor,” said Gift of Life client John Douresseau. “Then we can figure out what to do to get my levels back to where they should be, and keep them there.”

Early detection is the best protection, and statistics reflect that the five-year survival rate for men whose prostate cancer is diagnosed early is nearly 100 percent.

“Men may hear about prostate cancer all the time, but they don’t always realize the danger of inaction,” said Gift of Life client Morris Smith. “Being here today and learning from doctors and nurses really allows me to share the message of how serious this disease can be without early diagnosis.”

Empowered by these early detection statistics, local medical professionals attended the screening sites to lend their time and expertise, providing compassionate assistance and affordable healthcare opportunities.

“The first step to curing any cancer is the screening, and that’s why these events are so important,” said urologist Moses E. Wilcox, MD. “The Gift of Life is critical in that phase because it allows men and women without access to regular care a good chance to catch these diseases early, when they are most treatable.”

The June screenings are part of a year-round effort through the Gift of Life Prostate Cancer Program, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and the Baptist Cancer Center to provide free prostate cancer blood test screenings and professional medical consultations.

Since 2000, the Gift of Life has made available more than 7,000 free prostate cancer screenings and helped extend the lives of more than 60 men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and whose diagnostic and cancer treatment costs were entirely underwritten by the Gift of Life.

During the last 24 months, seven men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and navigated by a Gift of Life case manager through cancer treatment, support services and other immediate resources.

The Gift of Life screens men who are at least 45 years of age (40 if African American or younger if there is a family history of prostate cancer), have limited income and are medically underinsured.

Call the Gift of Life for more information or to find out if you qualify for a screening: (409) 833-3663 or toll-free at (877) 720 GIFT (4438).

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • GOACC welcomes Computer Shak to membership

    The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member, Computer Shak, with a ribbon cutting ceremony recently.

    July 30, 2014

  • Tolman benefit set for Saturday

    A benefit will be held this weekend to help the father of a a teenage girl who was seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck this spring, which also claimed the life of his wife.

    July 30, 2014

  • BCISD to hold community meeting Thursday

    The Bridge City Independent School District wants to hear from its citizens at a special meeting this Thursday evening.

    July 30, 2014

  • Roadside debris Rental property, debris behind call for ‘Town Hall’ meeting

    City officials are asking West Orange residents and rental property owners to attend a special meeting on Thursday afternoon.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • WO council orders 11 homes demolished

    City officials approved the demolition of nearly a dozen houses at Tuesday’s council meeting.

    July 29, 2014

  • Road work to continue through Sunday on I-10

    Motorists traveling Interstate 10 through Orange County may encounter slight delays as the state’s transportation department conducts road work over the next few days.

    July 29, 2014

  • BC High School Yearbook.JPG Rising above...

    Bridge City High School yearbook students Bree Newsom, editor and Gabriel Alvarez, assistant editor, traveled to Texas A & M University in College Station to attend the Balfour Communications Workshop July 18 - July 21.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Instructor recognized LSC-O instructor receives international recognition

    An instructor at LSC-O has receive international recognition for her work as an instructor in information technology.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • New Trustee Welcome to the Board

    Nathaniel Colbert, standing at left, was officially sworn in earlier this week as the newest member of the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sabine River 1 Have you seen the Sabine?

    There is more to the Sabine River than meets the eye, if one only looks.

    July 27, 2014 6 Photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide