Health Briefs August 23, 2013

Health StockPink ribbon lunch set for Saturday
The Tupelo Chapter of the Sisters Network will host its annual Pink Ribbon Survivorship Luncheon on Saturday.

Starting at 11 a.m. at The Summit in Tupelo, the event will feature twin sisters and breast cancer survivors LaTonya McKinney and LaSonya Thomas. The event will also have special entertainment featuring the Runway of Divas.

Tickets are $30 and support the Tupelo chapter in making mammograms available to those who can’t afford them and assisting breast cancer survivors. Call (662) 842-3440 or email

Friday night football meets Saturday clinic
North Mississippi Medical Center will begin offering its free Saturday Morning Injury Clinic this week for area varsity athletes who sustain sports-related injuries in Friday night games.

The free clinic, which will continue until Nov. 9, is held at NMMC’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Longtown Medical Park in Tupelo. Athletes should report at 8:25 a.m. and are seen in order of arrival. Parents should attend with their child.

For more information on the Saturday Morning Injury Clinic, call the Sports Medicine Program at NMMC’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, (662) 377-5469 or (800) 843-3375.

Free prostate screenings offered in September
North Mississippi Medical Center and Urology Professional Association will offer free prostate screenings for men over age 40 on Sept. 14 and 21.

The free screenings, designed for men who do not regularly see a urologists, will be offered at the NMMC Cancer Center in Tupelo.

Screenings will consist of a prostate exam by a urologist and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. New guidelines from the American Urological Association now recommend men be offered an initial screening PSA and rectal exam at age 40; individuals should also discuss the potential benefits of screening with their doctor.

Test results will be mailed to participants. Individuals who need to seek follow-up care will be contacted. The screenings are free, but individuals or their insurance carriers will be responsible for covering the cost of any follow-up office visits and treatment.

Appointments are required; call (662) 377-7100 or (800) 843-3375 for information.

Crossen honored by state medical association
Tupelo electrophysiologist Dr. Karl Crossen has been honored by the Mississippi State Medical Association with its 2013 community service award.

Crossen, who is cardiologist specializing in the heart’s electrical systems, was recognized for his work with the Weston Reed Foundation and his efforts to incorporate heart health screening into student athlete sports physicials.

Crossen spearheaded efforts to include electrocardiograms along with onsite follow- up echocardiograms to rule out potential structural defects. Both events reach thousands of students each year.

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