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Caution: "Men at Work"

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 18, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than 300 men took a little time off work Thursday for a program that could save their lives.

Phoebe Putney Hospital sponsored Thursday's Men at Work event along with American Cancer Society, and 100 Black Men.

It provided free health screenings for men employed by the city of Albany, Dougherty County, and Water Gas & Light. The workers had their cholesterol,  glucose, and blood pressure checked.

Health officials say early detection is key to having a healthy community.

"If you can catch prostate cancer in stage one it is 90 percent preventable so in terms of prostate cancer disease so men are getting that message, men are finding out how important it is for them to practice early detection and what that does for their quality of life," said Darrell Sabbs, Phoebe Community Benefits Coordinator.

Early detection can also help keep medical costs in a community down. This was the event's third year and the best turn out yet.

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