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Raising Awareness for Prostate Cancer in Scotland County

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Greg McMillan’s barber shop, Next Cuts, in Wagram, recently hosted an event called Cuts and Conversations in partnership with the Prostate Cancer Coalition of North Carolina. This initiative aimed to raise awareness about prostate cancer, particularly its impact on Black men in rural communities. The event included pamphlets on cancer screenings and mental health resources for men, emphasizing the importance of early detection. Mary Anderson, the Coalition’s executive director, organized the event, highlighting the role barbershops play as community health ambassadors.

Scotland County, the first in the state to pilot this program, also declared June as Men’s Health Month. Anderson hopes to replicate the program statewide to address the significant racial disparities in prostate cancer outcomes. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men, with Black men being 2.3 times more likely to die from it in North Carolina. The event’s holistic approach included candid discussions and symbolic gestures to encourage men to talk about their health, aiming to save lives through early detection and awareness.