September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and garner support for those affected by prostate cancer.

The Great Smokies Health Foundation, the Jackson County Department of Public Health, the Jackson County Department on Aging and Harris Regional Hospital have come together to urge men to take charge of their health and “Just Check It.”

Join them from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Jackson County Department on Aging, 100 County Services Park, for a presentation by Timothy Hann of Harris Urology, counseling, free PSA blood test screening and informational booths.

The event is free and open to all men and their partners in our community; refreshments and giveaways will be provided.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States. The American Cancer Society estimates that there have been close to 175,000 cases of prostate cancer diagnosed and 31,000 deaths from prostate cancer in this year alone.

While it is a serious disease, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die from it. The cancer is very treatable; more than 2.9 million men who have been diagnosed with the disease at some point in their life are still alive today.

To learn more about the event call 586-5494.