Beer is a universal beverage that often brings men together to talk a little baseball or football. But in Macon this weekend “an ice cold one” will bring men together to talk prostate cancer.
Steve Bell is organizer of Saturday’s Macon Beer Festival. He says he started the event called Pints for Prostates three years ago for a very personal reason. “At age 42 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Personally my goal has been to help other men and also to stop the perpetuation that it’s an old man disease.”
Bell says after his PSA blood test number doubled within a year, he knew something was wrong. He was able to seek treatment quickly and is now cancer free.
Bell says thanks to awareness efforts like his, screenings have increased. Men can get a screening for free on Saturday which is a $75.00 value. He also says events like this prove effective for men who would not necessarily go into a doctor’s office and request a PSA test.
Tickets for Saturday afternoons Pints for Prostates event are available at www.ovations365.com or at the Grand Opera House box office in Macon.