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This Sunday, Sweeney Chevrolet, Buick, GMC will be fueling the fight against prostate cancer.

A mega car and motorcycle show along with a family fun day are set for Sunday, June 1st at Boardman High School all in an effort to help fuel the fight against prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer incidents are higher in Ohio, and in our Valley, than the national average. Jonathan Fauvie, with the Humility of Mary Health Partners Foundation, says the Valley is close to 20% higher for incidents of prostate cancer and the mortality rate is also higher than the national average. He says this is because men are being diagnosed at late stages of the disease. “You don’t have symptoms of prostate cancer until late stage. At that point we can only treat it, we can’t prevent it,” Fauvie said.

The Humility of Mary Health Partners Foundation is helping eliminate barriers to getting the test for men who are uninsured or under-insured by offering free testing at the event.

“Prostate cancer screening is a two part procedure. It's a PSA blood draw and it's a digital rectal exam. The PSA blood draw we will be offering to the first 100 men.” Fauvie said.

The second part of the test is what may keep some men from getting the test. But African-American men age 30 and up and Caucasian men age 40 and up are being challenged to “man up” for the test that takes only a few seconds, but could save your life.

People can also buy a raffle ticket to win a two year lease on a 2014 Chevy Cruise at the event. The event is set for Sunday June 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Boardman High School. An alternative rain date is June 15th.


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