Around 300 attend Health Initiative for Men Saturday

August 16, 2014--12:56 p.m.

By David Crowder

A variety of health screenings were available at no charge Saturday during the 13th annual Health Initiative for Men, presented by the 100 Black Men of Rome.

The attendance was down slightly, due to a change in guidelines for the free prostate screenings, which are geared toward men 40 and older or have a family history of prostate cancer.

African-American men are also more at risk.

One man who knows the importance of getting screened and early detection is Larry Morrow with the 100 Black Men.

Morrow, who is a prostate cancer survivor, told WRGA, "I found out that I had prostate symptoms from this particular event back in 2011. I know a number of other gentlemen that have been here, have gone through this, and have been diagnosed with prostate cancer from this event. As a norn, we have three to four every year that are high risk or they are asked to come back for an exam, which indicates that for some reason their PSA count was up."

Morrrow underwent treatment and is now cancer free.

Apart from prostate screenings, a number of other services were available such as screenings for glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), head and neck cancer, skin cancer, HIV as well as variety of health information and resources.

The event, sponsored by Harbin Clinic, was held at the Floyd County Health Department.