BY JAMES HARPER
A free clinic for residents to learn about breast and colorectal cancers will take place Saturday, Aug. 4, in South Daytona at 2089 South Ridgewood Ave.
The clinic is open to men and women who are 40 years of age and older.
Persons who qualify to receive free help are those who lack insurance or have insurance that only covers hospital care and meet certain income guidelines.
Services available include clinical exams; nutrition assessment and weight control; referrals for screenings and diagnostic testing, as needed; follow up results and consultation; and vouchers for transportation assistance and other reasonable barriers.
The clinic is being sponsored by Circle of Health Family Practice, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Greater Friendship Baptist Church and the Rev. John T. Long III.
There will be two sessions on Aug. 4 – at 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The clinic will include a physical exam and nutrition counseling. Transportation for those in need is available.
There are limited seats and those interested in participating should call Telma Marques at 386-676-7655 to apply or e-mail her at email@example.com.
There are disparities when it comes to Blacks and Whites being diagnosed and living with these cancers.
“Many factors, from poor nutrition to vitamin deficiencies, have contributed to the present state of Black’s health,” says Marques, a spokesman for Circles of Care Community Projects.
“Fighting cancer is always a challenge especially for low-income, underserved populations,” she added.
Impact on Blacks
Research shows that education, prevention, and early detection of breast and colorectal cancer saves lives, according to a press release issued by Circles of Care Community Projects, which is based out of Palm Coast.
“Blacks are disproportionately impacted by breast and colorectal cancer and are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage of cancer than Whites, Marques said.
She noted breast cancer is the second most common cancer for Black women and they are less likely to be diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second and third most common cancer among Hispanics and Blacks.
Circles of Care Community Projects is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing comprehensive services to adults, children, and families; development of community projects; and training and technical support to professionals and providers.