The Lions Club of Grand Cayman is urging East End men to “Man up and get tested,” and is holding a prostate and colon cancer awareness meeting at the East End United Church hall on Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will feature a number of speakers, including local physician Dr. Darley Solomon who will give a presentation and answer questions on a one-on-one basis afterward.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society will have a nurse in attendance conducting free Prostate Specific Antigen blood tests, starting at 7 p.m.

“The blood test is a screening test for prostate cancer and helps doctors get a baseline of how a patient is doing,” explained Cancer Society operations manager Jennifer Weber.

She encouraged all men aged 40 years old and above to attend, as well as younger men of Afro-Caribbean descent, which is a demographic with increased susceptibility to prostate cancer.

“All men in the district should come out and learn more about how they can keep themselves well with respect to prostate and colon cancer,” she said.

“Both these cancers are highly preventable given proper screening and if caught early – but it’s not something to wait around on. You need to get actively involved in prevention.”

She noted the meeting will also feature snacks and refreshments.

“Come for the info and stay for the patties,” she said.

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