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 17th year, has provided nearly 9,000 free screenings and has extended the lives of 71 men who have been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer.
Among American men, prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer deaths. In 2017, it is estimated that 12,550 men in Texas would be diagnosed with the illness and nearly 1,650 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 prostate cancer is diagnosed early is nearly 100 percent.
The Gift of Life Continuum of Care ensures that clients receive support every step of the way, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, with all costs underwritten by the Gift of Life.
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.
“I thank God for the Gift of Life. We heard about the program through our church, and my wife encouraged me to get screened. I told her I didn’t need it because I felt fine. But, I did have prostate cancer. The Gift of Life saved my life, and I feel very blessed.” -Gift of Life Prostate Cancer Survivor