AT&T Foundation Awards $1 Million for Prostate Cancer Outreach

The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston has announced a three-year, $1 million grant from the AT&T Foundation for an education and outreach program at the Hollings Cancer Center to build awareness among African-American men and others of prostate cancer risks and treatment.

The AT&T Prostate Cancer Outreach Initiative is designed to enhance HCC's statewide outreach efforts with cancer education and awareness seminars for African-American ministers. It will provide grants for Lowcountry churches to offer prostate cancer education and screenings. In addition, the program will fund prostate cancer screenings for medically underserved communities via the HCC's mobile health unit, and a new program to help just-diagnosed patients access and navigate the healthcare system. A portion of the grant will also support the creation of the AT&T Laboratory for Biomarkers in Cancer at HCC, where researchers will explore new detection methods for prostate cancer and ways to better treat and prevent the disease.

"South Carolina ranks third in the nation in prostate cancer deaths, with African-American men having alarmingly higher rates of incidence and mortality than Caucasian men," said HCC director Dr. Andrew S. Kraft. "We are grateful for the confidence in our mission to reduce the cancer burden in the state through world-class research and community outreach."