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Group marks Sickle Cell Day
In honor of today being World Sickle Cell Day, the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation invites the public to join millions worldwide at noon for a moment of prayer for those affected by the disease as well as for the families who have lost a loved one from it.
Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States and affects millions of people worldwide. It affects about one of every 400 African Americans in the U.S. There are at least 2,500 African Americans in Mississippi living with sickle cell disease at one time.
The most common form is sickle cell anemia SS; however, there are other forms such as hemoglobin SC, beta plus thalassemia and beta zero thalassemia.
For more information, visit www.mssicklecellfoundation.com or call (601) 366-5874.
Free prostate exams offered
The Rehoboth Christian Worship Center Ministry of Health will present its “Just For Men” breakfast and free prostate exam Saturday at the center, 5340 Robinson Road Ext. in Jackson.
The breakfast is set for 9-10 a.m. The screening will follow from 10 a.m. to noon.
Dr. Lionel Fraser of Metropolitan Urology Associates will conduct the screenings.
Those encouraged to attend include all men age 50 and older, those with a family history of prostate cancer and those with problems with blood in the urine.
For more information, contact Dr. Marilyn Harrington at (601) 573-9313 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ella Jackson at (601) 720-4329 or email at email@example.com.