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Community Outreach: Jerome

Jerome

As an African-American man in Baltimore City, Jerome is at increased risk of developing prostate cancer.  He was screened for the disease through a free program provided by the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center with funding from the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund.  Fortunately, he did not have prostate cancer, but he learned he had high blood pressure and diabetes, both dangerous conditions that likely would have gone undetected had he not participated in the free screening.  Just days after he went for his cancer screening, his sister died of colon cancer. She never had a colonoscopy, a screening test that can detect colon cancer in an early, curable stage. Taking advantage of another screening program offered at Johns Hopkins for low-income and uninsured residents of Baltimore City, Jerome vowed to honor his sister’s memory and make an appointment for a colonoscopy.