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Mr. Jerry Womack

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Phone: (617) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Prostate Health Education Network Inc
500 Victory Rd. Fourth Floor
Quincy, Massachusetts 02171
United States

Company Description: The Prostate Health Education Network, Inc. (PHEN) is a 501 (c) 3 organization. PHEN was founded by Thomas A. Farrington, a prostate cancer survivor and author of...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Chief Operating Officer
    Regional Contract Cleaning company
Web References
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prostatehealthed.org, 24 Dec 2012 [cached]
Mr. Jerry Womack PHEN
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Mr. Jerry Womack
Mr. Womack is an Advocate & Prostate Cancer Survivor for the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN). As he was completing a 20 year career as COO of a Regional Contract Cleaning company, he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and began his battle with the disease and his ministry of help.Combining his strong belief in God and his roots in faith based services; he has committed himself to working within the church circuit as an extension the ministry of help to men and their families. As a result of his work he was awarded the 2006 H.F. Johnson Community Service Award from his current employer, The S.C. Johnson Company, an international Company and the world's second largest manufacturer of household and commercial cleaning products. Given an opportunity to extend his life through early detection of prostate cancer, he set goals of being part of the educating of the community on Prostate Cancer. Mr. Womack is one of four prostate cancer survivors in his family, which includes two older brothers and their 97 year old father, who is a thirteen year survivor.
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PHEN survivor network leaders Robbie Robinson and Jerry Womack discuss "Survivorship Issues.
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PHEN Member, Jerry Womack, Featured in Caring 4 Cancer Survivor, Jerry Womack, shares his personal experience with prostate cancer and how PHEN provided him with education and awareness for outreach to the community.
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Mr. Jerry Womack
Prostate Health Education Network: Rally Against Prostate Cancer
prostatehealthed.org, 20 Dec 2011 [cached]
JERRY WOMACK, PHEN Survivor member, made this slide presentation showing images of the Boston Rally at the 3rd Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit.
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prostatehealthed.org, 13 Aug 2008 [cached]
PHEN Member, Jerry Womack, Featured in Caring 4 CancerSurvivor, Jerry Womack, shares his personal experience with prostate cancer and how PHEN provided him with education and awareness for outreach to the community.
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Home > Community > Patient Stories > Jerry Womack: From His Own Experience
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Jerry Womack: From His Own Experience
Even when you know that cancer has affected your family before, it's still a shock to receive your own cancer diagnosis.
"I just thought it was something that wouldn't happen to me," says Boston-area resident Jerry Womack. His father and older brother had been treated for prostate cancer, so Jerry made sure he had annual prostate screenings. Beyond that, he just went on with his life as a business executive, choosing not to think about the possibility that he might develop cancer, too.
When testing showed that Jerry's PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level had risen, his doctor suggested a retest in six months instead of the usual 1-year schedule. (A high PSA level is a potential indicator of prostate cancer.) That next test showed a continued rise, so the doctor ordered a biopsy, which came back positive for prostate cancer. "It wasn't until that point that it really hit me," Jerry says.
When he heard the news, Jerry first turned to prayer for spiritual strength. Then he talked with a longtime family friend and prostate cancer survivor who had started the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN), a Boston-based support and awareness group for African-American men. Jerry had many questions, and was struggling with deciding which treatment to choose.
He attended PHEN meetings and talked with other patients and survivors. "There was a good network there," he says.
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You're just not listening.'" So, in 2004, Jerry had surgery. His PSA levels are now undetectable. The side effects he experienced were temporary.
Throughout that difficult time, Jerry became increasingly active in the community, building awareness of prostate cancer. He joined PHEN's campaign to educate African-American men about their increased risk of the disease. That commitment became his way of giving back to others the knowledge and support he had received from the patients and survivors who helped him.
In his outreach work, Jerry, now 53, accompanies a hospital van to numerous community events and concerts, encouraging men to get prostate cancer screenings from doctors on the vehicle. He speaks at his church about the importance of early screening, especially for African-American men, and also talks about prostate health at the company where he works. His employer gave him an honor for his activism. "All of the 13,000 people who work (there) now know I'm a prostate cancer survivor," Jerry says.
Men have told him that because he urged them to get screened, their prostate cancer problems were found and treated earlier than they would have been otherwise. He also brings his message to women because "sometimes men don't want to listen. The women then share the information with husbands, brothers, fathers, uncles, and partners.
Jerry gets distressed when he sometimes meets men "who go through treatment and believe they've been damaged for life, so they go into a shell. That reaction, he says, might cause such men to avoid getting the follow-up care they need in recovery. So Jerry talks with them about their feelings, shares his own, and advises them where to get help for their concerns.
"What I try to do," Jerry says, "every time I have an opportunity to speak, is to bring the message that it (prostate cancer) is something serious, but also that there is a lot of life after diagnosis with cancer, after cancer treatment."
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Jerry Womack: From His Own Experience
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