Doctor’s Orders: Black Men Are Taking Health Seriously

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“Our impact, I think, is significant over the years of doing the health fairs,” Modlin said. “It was during the health fairs that we detected a number of cases of previously unrecognized prostate cancer, for example.”

Participants are tested for lung capacity to test for asthma and other respiratory, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and other conditions.

“In 2003, we had our first minority men’s health fair here at Cleveland Clinic and the turnout was about 35 men,” Modlin said. The health fair has grown to comprise thousands of men, who visit various stations throughout four floors of the building to be tested.

“The truth can be intimidating, but in the long run it’s really a good friend,” one participant said in an interview, “because it helps a lot to know just how well you are or otherwise. So that you can get to know people here better and they can change that a little bit.”

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