‘Just making sure he’s healthy’

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That’s the goal of more than 200 men who received screenings at the Men’s Health Fair on Saturday.

By Spencer Jenkins

Men, in particular, skillfully evade the doctor and making moves toward good health until something bad happens, said Mitch McClain, a member of the organizing committee for the annual Men’s Health Fair.


Jewish Hospital Shelbyville on Saturday host its Men’s Health Fair for the 11th consecutive year, offering screenings that included prostate exams, blood work, oral cancer screening and skin cancer screening.

McClain has made it a regular practice in his medical health, having his blood work screened, a prostate exam, a BMI, blood pressure and mouth cancer screening.

“They catch problems early on, and it’s really important,” he said. “This is the first step to my health-care picture.”

Once McClain receives his results, he said he schedules an appointment with his personal physician for a full physical and interprets the results.

“If anything comes back abnormal, I get that checked first,” he said.

Urologist, Dr. Brooks Jackson totaled about 200 prostate exams Saturday, he said.

“Most men are very relieved at how simple the exam is,” he said. “They may be a little anxious.”

The health fair, in general, detects early problems in a man’s life, he said. The prostate cancer detection rate is 2-3 percent.

“Detecting early cancer, specifically prostate, is important,” Jackson said. “We would like to see more men in here.”

Podiatrist Dr. Heiko Adams continues to volunteer his time for the fair for a fifth year and said it’s good to maximize screenings in one day.

“It’s important to get these guys in here,” he said. “It’s good to evaluate them, educate them. There are simple things we can do and talk about preventive medicine.”

Like Adams, all the physicians and hospital staff members volunteer their time for the fair.

Michael Collins, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville CEO, said the event is mainly for men who don’t have an ongoing relationship with a physician.

“This is really what the fair is geared for,” he said. “We believe it’s an important mission of the hospital.”

Last year a man was diagnosed with prostate cancer through the fair, and if he hadn’t attended, he “probably wouldn’t be here,” Collins said.

Although the fair caters to men’s health, women are right alongside their men for support.

Millie Amador said she was there with her husband who was getting several of the screenings offered.

“He’s just making sure he’s healthy, and I’m just here for support,” she said. “Men’s health is important, and so is treatment.”