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McRae Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation is committed to educating men and their families about this deadly disease. Why? Because almost all men can be cured of prostate cancer, and most of the 35,000 deaths that result each year from this disease can be prevented if men were to learn to:
If you have routine yearly examinations and either one of these test results becomes abnormal, your cancer has probably been found in its early when treatment is most effective.
Scientist are learning more about the possible causes of prostate cancer, and are looking for new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat this disease. Because of this research, men with prostate cancer now have a lower chance of dying from this disease. This organizationís vision is focused on prostate cancer awareness with a message to help create a higher level of consciousness among African-American men and other minorities in the Black Belt counties in the State of Alabama.
McRae Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by Prostate Cancer.
Our goal is to provide free prostate cancer screening in the Black Belt counties where medical experts hope to assess problems linked to prostate cancer. Many Black Belt residents lack basic medical insurance coverage to see an Urologist. Our target counties have a majority population of African-American residents. These residents are generally poor, with an unemployment rate of about three times the national average. Prostate cancer is more prevalent in African-American that Hispanics, or White American men. The disease is five times more likely to cause death in African-American men than in Hispanics or White men. So many people in Black Belt counties just donít have the money or the means to go to see a doctor.
The old adage, ďWhat you donít know canít hurt you,Ē is a widely used within the Black community; however, this statement canít be farther from the truth as it relates to oneís health and the risk for serious health problems. In fact, what you donít know can actually be killing you as in the case of Prostate Cancer. This attitude of apathy could very well be attributed to the known devastation of the disease and the toll that it takes on the family structure.
Additionally, many in the targeted communities do not have access to health care because they are uninsured or underinsured and may simply want to avoid the stress of learning that there is a problem and feeling that they are helpless to do anything about it. Our programs, however, are designed to ease such concerns and to reduce the rate of prostate cancer in he targeted areas.
Our mission is to:
This newly formed nonprofit organization hopes to reduce suffering and death from prostate cancer through education and awareness. It will also: