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via News5:

There is a huge problem and disconnect when it comes to minorities and health. African-Americans have a life expectancy seven years shorter than white Americans.

One local doctor has taken a challenge from his father to make sure everyone gets a checkup, to make Northeast Ohio A Better Land.

Dr. Charles Modlin, a urologist, said his father expected him to cure problems with awareness. He leads thousands to health literacy with his annual free screenings at the Minority Men’s Health Fair. This is the 17th year for the fair.

“Black men have almost twice the incidence of prostate cancer, twice the death rate from prostate cancer,” Modlin said. “Higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension.”

Every year, someone learns something about their health.

“I didn’t think anything was going to be wrong,” said Cedric Richardson – a friend pushed him to go to get screened. “I used to be a health care executive, so you’d think I would know better.”

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