After losing her uncle, Dr. Irving Davis, from this insidious disease, Gift of Life founder Regina Rogers expanded the organization’s medical assistance in 2000 to include an annual region-wide prostate cancer screening effort that provides free PSA (prostate specific antigen) screenings and exams to Southeast Texas men unable to afford medical insurance or pay high deductibles.
The Men’s Health & Prostate Cancer Program, which is in its 19th year, has provided nearly 10,000 free screenings and has extended the lives of 77 men who have been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer.
Among American men, prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths. In 2019, it is estimated that 10,660 men in Texas would be diagnosed with the illness and nearly 1,900 Texas men would die from the disease.
During June, the organization, along with local medical providers, conducts screenings for medically underserved men at strategic sites in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange. A range of free medical services are made available, including prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests, blood glucose and blood pressure testing, HIV and Hepatitis C screenings, Cholesterol level readings and consultations with medical professionals to discuss the significance of screening and test results.
Statistics reflect that the five-year survival rate for men whose localized prostate cancer is diagnosed early is nearly 100 percent.
Gift of Life clients receive support every step of the way, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. The organization provides critical support through its Men Against Cancer Prostate Cancer Support Group for prostate cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends.
“As a physician, I recognize the importance of early cancer detection, particularly for prostate cancer – a disease that has highly positive outcomes when discovered at an early stage. I endorse the mission of the Gift of Life and consider it an honor to contribute my time and expertise in support of the organization’s screenings and cancer education. The Gift of Life truly saves lives!”
– John Fowler, Md | 2019 Men’s Health Month Honorary Chair