Participation breaks record at hospital’s prostate screening

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 08:54 AM


A total of 185 men received free prostate screenings at the 21st annual prostate screening at Maria Parham Medical Center.

The previous record was 181 four years ago.

More than 20 volunteers participated in the event. They were led by four physicians: Dr. Adrian Ogle, Dr. Franklin Mills of Duke Primary Care Henderson, Dr. Francis Aniekwensi of Beckford Family Medicine and Dr. Mark Dubinski of Carolina GI Associates.

Hospital staff volunteers from the cancer center were Hope Breedlove, Fred Carswell, Debbie Clark, Cathy Fogleman, Rhonda Lloyd, Dana Parham, Kim Twisdale and Arlene White. From the laboratory were Julie Barney, April Haskins, Angela Parker and Melonie Webb. Attending surgical technicians were Don Anderson, Carl Williams and Tony Ellis. Assisting from guest services were Lucy Stewart, Connie Abbott and Alma Garrett. Jeannie Adcock, Jennifer Clement and David Ruggles were also present. Other staff from the lab, registration, housekeeping and maintenance offered help behind the scenes.

Every year, roughly 20 percent of men screened at the event receive letters stating that they need to follow up with a physician.

It is recommended that men over the age of 50 see their doctor once a year for a complete medical examination that includes a prostate checkup and that men with a family history of prostate cancer should begin screenings earlier.