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Prostate Cancer Support Group of Craven Co. helps men cope with disease

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) - September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. One group of men in New Bern are helping each other battle one of life's toughest challenges, disease. 

The men in the Prostate Cancer Support Group of Craven County are helping each other through the journey of the most common cancer in men.

“Oh this is tremendous,” said Dr Sydney Barnwell. 

As a survivor of prostate cancer himself, hearing the city recognize September as prostate awareness month is so important for Dr. Barnwell.

With prostate cancer being the most common form of cancer and the second most deadly cancer for men, also being more common for African American men, Dr. Barnwell made prostate awareness his life's mission.

Dr. Barnwell spent the greater portion of his life going into churches and into communities spreading the word about this disease and encouraging people to get screened.

Now at 92, he is still fulfilling that mission as a member of the Prostate Awareness Support Group of Craven County. 

“It’s just tremendous to show a community working beyond race. We are working to improve health for all mankind,” he said. 

The group meets once a month for breakfast to share what they are going through with each other. They also have a doctor present to ask tough questions and get resources. 

Because the month of September is awareness month, members of the group are encouraging everyone over 40 to get their screenings.

“A moment of discomfort but a lifetime you can be cured. Catch it early it’s incurable get it done early -- if you wait as long as my doctor did it’s incurable, get it done now,” said Thomas Riggs, member of the group. 

The city of New Bern is having a free screening day on September 15th at Carolina East Urology Center. 

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