FAMU Leads Fight Against Prostate Cancer

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George Moultrie is walking tall, but in 1997, a disease threatened to bring him to his knees and into the grave.

"I was diagnosed with prostate cancer," Moultrie says.

George Moultrie says, "I guess in my life I've learned to accept life just like a deck of cards, it's dealt and I cope with it."

Prostate Cancer affects a gland near the bladder that's only found in men, and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths for Black men.

Florida A&M University released a study showing that many black men are ill-informed about this deadly disease.

University of Florida Urology Chair Dr. Johannes Vieweg says, "We ignore our bodies quite a bit, this is in contrast to women who have a much higher tendency to come to the doctor."

A study of more than three thousand men found most don't know the signs and symptoms of the cancer, and a majority of men did not receive recommendations from doctors to be screened.

Vieweg says, "Prostate cancer is painless in the early stage so we don't know we have it for quite some time."

Some of the symptoms include: impotence, blood in the urine and loss of bowel control.

Lack of exercise, diets with high fat dairy products and genetics could put men at greater risk.

Through this study, FAMU officials hope to raise awareness and reach out to experts in various medical fields to work together and fight this preventable disease.

Or, catch it early, like Moultrie did.

His early detection and treatment saved his life.

For more information on this study, call the FAMU School of Allied Health Sciences at 850-599-3818.

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