Beulah Boys urge men to get screened for prostate cancer

The line dancing Beulah Boys are hosting their first Prostate Cancer Awareness Crusade 5K Run/Walk on June 23 on the Michelle Obama Trail.

Walkers and runners can join the Beulah Boys on June 23 for their 1st Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness 5K Walk/Run.

The free event, which is  focusing attention on prostate cancer awareness, kicks off at t 8 a.m. on the Michelle Obama Trail head at Barack H. Obama Elementary School of Technology.

The Beulah Boys, an eight-member line dancing group which formed in 2009, has been encouraging men to get screened for prostate cancer screening since three members – Herbert Jackson, 79, Chico Hill and Jerry Heard, both 67 –  battled the disease in 2015. 

Because of early diagnosis, they made full recoveries.

Nick Bowers, the group's leader, said the Beulah Boys, whose sole purpose  was dancing to entertain,  are now dancing to encourage men to get screened for the disease  which disproportionately kills African American men because it is often discovered in its late stages when it is difficult to treat.

The disease, which grows in the prostate gland located under a man's bladder, is detected with a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test which detects elevated protein levels made by prostate cancer cells.

Bowers says that men just don't go to the doctor, and that they don't talk about prostate cancer.  

The annual test is recommended for African-American men at age 40. For other men, screening should begin at age 50.

While its free to participate in the walk/run, donations and sponsorships of $25 to $500 are welcome.

The four-hour event begins  at 3132 Clifton Church Road SE in Atlanta.

For more information, call 404-353-4030.