Uniting with churches and non-profits across the southland, the Men’s Cancer Network, Inc. (MCN) aims to heighten awareness of prostate cancer.
The seriousness of the disease and its impact on African American men led the group to hold a Benefit Rally and Concert on September 20 at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park.
The goal, according to MCN President Freddie Muse, is to “save our men” by encouraging men, 40 years and older, to get tested for the disease.
Muse, a prostate cancer survivor, explained, “Our organization started in 2008 and our mission is to provide education, awareness and prevention to men in our community. This will help our communities grow stronger, be safer and help men live longer because prostate cancer is killing them at a tremendous rate.”
The Rev. Dr. Clyde W. Oden, Jr., pastor of Bryant Temple A.M.E. Church and also a prostate cancer survivor, shared similar insights.
“Prostate cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. We must take the initiative on our own to educate our community that Black men are at the highest risk for prostate cancer,” he said.
“If you take the knowledge that God has given us and have the courage of our convictions along with faith, we can walk through this thing in victory.”
Source: LA Sentinel