WASHINGTON (May 28, 2019) – The Howard University Cancer Center will recognize June as Men’s Health Month with two major events: the annual Walk2Win 5K community walk on June 1 and the first annual Men’s Health Conference on June 15. Men living in the DC metro area are more likely to suffer from cancer and other chronic diseases than anywhere in the United States.
“One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, but through, education, treatment and support, prostate cancer is beatable,” said Dr. Carla Williams, interim director of the Howard University Cancer Center. “With awareness and prevention, we can stop prostate cancer before it claims lives.”
Walk2Win The Fight Against Prostate Cancer (W2W) 5K is a community walk held every June in Washington, DC. June is National Men’s Health Month and a perfect time to rally community members to fight prostate cancer. The walk takes place Hains Point/East Potomac Park from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Registration for the walk is $15. Proceeds from the walk will be donated to the Howard University Cancer Center. See here for more registration information. Walk2Win is sponsored by Union Temple Baptist Church.
The Howard University Cancer Center will also present the first annual Men’s Health Conference: From One Brother To Another A Conversation About Our Health on June 15. The conference will feature a panel of experts engaging in a conversation with attendees about health issues that face men today and what they can do to overcome them. Men from all ages are encouraged to attend.
The event will take place June 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walter E. Lester Auditorium at Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave., NW. It is free to public and provides lunch. Register for the conference here. For questions or more information, call (202) 806-2878.
Why do we need to fight prostate cancer, especially in greater Washington, DC?
- Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men, regardless of race or ethnicity
- Black men are up to 60% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than men of other races
- Black men are more likely to develop prostate cancer at an earlier age and to have aggressive tumor growth
- 30,000 men die from prostate cancer in the US every year
- The District of Columbia leads the United States in the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer and number of deaths from prostate cancer.
The Men’s Health Conference is sponsored by Amerigroup, Bayer and Myriad.
About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.