The American Cancer Society restated its call Oct. 30 for Black men to become more proactive about preventive health care. At the group’s fourth annual African American Male Health Forum gathering in Richmond, Va., the group had fresh support from actor-producer Tim Reid, a prostate cancer survivor

According to the Associated Press, Reid was the keynote speaker for the event and he revealed that a routine exam six years ago allowed doctors to spot and treat his cancer. Reid was the Honorary Chair for the event.

Among the guest speakers were Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, Linwood L. Alfred, founder of the Open Door Resource Center, Pharmacist Leonard L. Edloe, and mobile health and wellness business owner Ricky Martin.

The five-hour African-American Men’s Health Forum included free health screenings, panel discussions, doctor consultations and expert advice on health issues. Virginia Urology, a Richmond-based medical care provider, also passed out vouchers for free prostate examinations.

More than 600 men preregistered for the free event, according to a local newspaper.

A similar forum for African American women was held in downtown Richmond on Oct. 16. That sold-out event was hosted by broadcast journalist Clovia Lawrence and actress Daphne Maxwell Reid, Tim Reid’s wife.

Shernay Williams

Special to the AFRO