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Local man says men's health conference 'saved my life'

You may recognize Michael Decuir as Albany State University's Band Director but he's also a cancer survivor./ Jazmyne Hankerson

Each year Phoebe hosts its Men's Health Conference as a way to offer free health screenings, tips, emphasize early detection and more.

The conference wraps up Men's Health Week and organizers also see it as a Father’s Day gift.

But for one local man it was a gift to last a lifetime.

You may recognize Michael Decuir as Albany State University's Band Director but he's also a survivor.

Eight years ago he went to the conference, got a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.

“Thank God I came to the men’s health fair and did the PSA exam and low and behold the numbers were elevated,” said Decuir.

Shortly after seeing more doctors, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Decuir said he's grateful he went the conference because he might not be here today if he didn’t.

"I feel very, very, very blessed because I’m alive today and enjoying life because of it,” said Decuir. “It saved my life, literally.”

Decuir says he did get screenings with his doctor pretty regularly before that conference and it's because of that that he knew those results weren't normal.

He chose to have surgery and said he feels great and healthy now.

He wants other men to know the importance of early detection.

“Guys we have to be proactive and we have to communicate. We need to talk to each other," he said. “We need to know when something is wrong…there’s no need to go around thinking ‘if something’s wrong I don’t want to know about it’. No it’s wrong to feel that way. You want to know.”

The conference is on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Phoebe Healthworks.

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