Today, Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins and the Columbia Fire Department in partnership with Palmetto Health announced the 2014 “Heroes’ Challenge” during the month of May and June. The “Heroes’ Challenge” is a health initiative for residents of the City of Columbia and Richland County as well as all members of Public Safety and their families to receive FREE health screenings and education, offered by Palmetto Health.
The FREE screenings include prostate cancer and diabetes testing for individuals who qualify based on risk levels. These types of screenings are important to ensure one’s health and wellness and can even end up saving your life. The Palmetto Health Office of Community Health screening guidelines are:
- African American men age 40 (Family History: Age 35)
- All other men starting at age 50 (Family History: Age 45)
Scheduled screening times include:
- Saturday May 24th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 321 Elders Pond(Station 34) All Public Safety & Family Members
- Saturday May 31st 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 3907 Ensor Ave (Eau Claire Print Bldg)
- Friday June 13th 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM 1800 Laurel St (CFD Museum)
- Friday June 20th 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM 153 Atlas Rd (Station 8) All Public Safety & Family Members
One in seven males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime and the risk increases with African-American males to one in five. Risk factors include:
- Age (African American men over 40 and Caucasian men and other minorities over 50)
- Family history
- Race (African American)
- High-Fat diet
Appointments are not required, but registration is recommended by calling Palmetto Health CareCall at 803-296-CARE (2273) or for more information visit www.PalmettoHealth.org/CommunityHealth.