The Julie Rogers “Gift of Life” Program and its medical partners, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, UTMB and clinics, Gulf Coast Clinic, Lamar University School of Nursing, TAN and local physicians are offering free health care services and educational materials for medically undeserved Southeast Texas men.

 Services include consultations with medical professionals, and a battery of screening tests that include prostate-specific antigen (PSA), blood glucose and cholesterol, HIV, Hepatitis C, blood pressure and pulse oxygen checks.

The screenings will be Saturday, June 21 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am at Baptist Hospital in Orange.

These essential screenings address the ever-increasing need for healthcare services in our region. Early detection is the best protection and statistics reflect that the five-year survival rate for men whose prostate cancer is diagnosed early is nearly 100 percent.

Since 2000, the Gift of Life has made available nearly 7,500 free prostate cancer screenings and helped extend the lives of 64 men whohave been diagnosed with prostate cancer and whose diagnostic and cancer treatment costs were entirely underwritten by the Gift of Life.

During the last 24 months, seven men have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and navigated by a Gift of Life case manager through cancer treatment, support services and other immediate resources.

To find out if you are eligible for a screening and to make an appointment, please call 409-861-5940 or 409-833-3663.