The 100 Black Men of America Alton Chapter and the Greater St. James Baptist Church are teaming up today to offer a health fair that includes prostate, oral cancer, cholesterol, and A1C screenings. There will also be a blood drive at the church at 2016 Belle Street. Today's screenings run from 10am-1pm.
Event spokesman Michael "Doc" Holliday says he would like to see those doing the blood donations stay busy all day.
He says most people who have never donated blood say it's because they've never been asked. As for the prostate exams, Dr. James Piephoff will be performing the PSA blood test as well as a digital rectal exam. Men at high risk, such as African-Americans or men with a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early stage should begin annual screenings at the age of 40.