Ivy Baptist Church in Newport News to Host Prostate Health Educational Symposium for Black Men and Their Families on September 16th

A Prostate Health Education Symposium is scheduled for Ivy Baptist Church on Saturday, September 16 at 8 a.m. and ending at 12 p.m. The church is located at 50 Maple Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607. The event is a partnership with the Prostate Health Education Network, Inc. (PHEN), a national patient education and advocacy organization based in Boston, MA.

The Ivy Baptist Church symposium is the fourteenth of a series of 21 PHEN prostate health symposia taking place in Boston, Nashville, Dallas, Oakland and other cities. This is PHEN’s 5th Annual Symposia series. All symposia are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The symposiums are an integral aspect of PHEN’s educational mission – the non-profit organization dedicated to providing prostate cancer education and support and to African American men. It was founded in 2003 by Thomas A. Farrington, a Massachusetts business and community leader who is now a 17-year prostate cancer survivor, and serves as PHEN’s president. “There is currently a prostate cancer crisis in Black America,” said Farrington. “Black men have a 130 percent higher death rate than white men from this disease, making it the largest racial disparity for any type of major cancer among men or women.”

“Thank heaven for enlightened church partners like Ivy Baptist Church who are willing to step up and help us educate men and their families about their prostate cancer risk, treatment and support strategies, so they can lead long and healthy lives,” Farrington added.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in African American men, behind lung cancer. When compared to all causes of death, prostate cancer is the fourth leading cause of death among African men over age 45. About one in five African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, with the highest prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates in the United States.

The symposium will focus on specific prostate health topics including: screening and early detection, treatment options, diet and nutrition, managing treatment side effects, advance prostate cancer, and the importance of faith when facing cancer. The program is structured for healthy men, those at high risk for prostate cancer, survivors, caregivers, and family members. The FREE public event includes free breakfast for all attendees.

“This is a special opportunity for Ivy Baptist,” said Rev. Dr. Kevin G. Swann, pastor. “It is critical for our congregation to be involved in raising awareness within our church, extended family and the greater Newport News community about prostate cancer, and show the connection between faith and healing when it comes to a prostate cancer diagnosis.”

Those who plan to attend are encouraged to pre-register at:

About PHEN
The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is the leading patient education and advocacy organization addressing the needs of African American prostate cancer patients and survivor. Based in Quincy, M, PHEN, a 501©(3) organization founded in 2003, sponsors educational webcasts, the Annual Father’s Day Rally, education symposiums with church partners, and the Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit in Washington, DC.

Carmen Fields
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(617) 845-5580

Ivy Baptist Church:
Minister Johnnie Underwood
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