In the Community: Rodney Scruggs
Date: April 20, 2010
Prostate Cancer Survivor
As an African American man, Rodney Scruggs knows the importance of being screened for prostate cancer. He has even been screened before. When it was again time for his regular screening, however, he did not call his doctor because he had been laid off from his job and had no insurance. Fortunately, he heard about the Johns Hopkins/CRF prostate cancer screening program on a talk radio station and made an appointment. It turned out that Rodney had prostate cancer. Because his cancer was detected early through screening, this story has a happy ending. The Johns Hopkins surgeon that operated on him in October 2004 believes he got all of the cancer.