The I-95 corridor is marked by high incidents of strokes, prostate cancer, diabetes, and many other chronic conditions that may become fatal if they are undetected and untreated. For the fifth consecutive year, Congressman Jim Clyburn is hosting the health fair which is being held in conjunction with the Rudolph Canzater Memorial Golf Classic. The health fair is being held this year at the new Santee Conference Center off exit 98 on I-95 from 10 AM to 2 pm Friday.
Lee Mountrie of the South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network says the fair is a great opportunity to get free testing and screening for a number of chronic diseases. Moultrie says the fair is invaluable for persons in rural areas, on low incomes, and those who may be without health insurance. Lee says he finds that some people are apprehensive about getting tested, but he says that when it comes to your health what you don’t know can hurt you and can even be fatal.”The earlier we can get something tested, the more information we have can tell us if you’re okay, or we may need to gey your more prescription drugs or whether you need to exercise a little bit more. You may have to adjust your eating habits and modify your diet. We just want to emphasize to people that it is better know and make some changes than not to know.”
Moultrie says if not for yourself, you owe it to your family, your friends, your fellow workers, all the people that like having you around to get tested for chronic diseases.
Moultrie says pharmaceutical company representatives and other medical organizations will be on hand to provide valuable information. “Individuals can take this information back to their family members, church members, and their communities, and they can start asking their (health care) providers for additional help. They can also see for themselves what they can do to try to prevent the early onset of certain diseases.”
Moultrie says persons can undergo screening for a number of chronic diseases and it only takes about an hour to take an important step toward leading a healthier life. “Medical professionals will conducting diabetes screening, prostate exams, also eye exams will be featured along with other screenings. They’ll also be listings where individuals can get free and low cost services in their communities that sometimes people are not aware of.”
Moultrie says while his organization is primarily concerned with the disparity in rates of some cancers and cancer deaths among African Americans as compared to other ethnic groups, it is important to point out with South Carolina in the top ten in adult and childhood obesity, ailments like diabetes and hypertension are very prevalent among all ethnic groups in the state.
“It’s for anyone who wants to come, African Americans, whites, Hispanics, any ethnic group whomever. it’s for everyone. Adults, children, persons with special needs all need to come to get valuable information and screening.”