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Baseball tournament in Tuscaloosa Co. to benefit prostate cancer fund

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TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The Northside Classic, a high school baseball tournament, is happening Friday and Saturday at Northside High in Tuscaloosa County.

The tournament's mission is to help men take charge of their health, specifically when it comes to prostate cancer.

Games start Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Tickets to the tournament are $5 each, and all day Saturday, there will be free health screenings for men.

Urologist Dr. Matthew Thom, with West Alabama Urology Associates, is helping to organize the event. Thom says he finds that many men do not see their doctors for preventative health screenings.

He says this needs to change.

“We want to get men in, focused on their health, get these screenings done,” Thom said. “It may actually be really health important, but also life-saving.”

“Men need to be proactive in their health. Prostate cancer is the one we're focusing on, but blood pressure, other cancers, can be completely silent, have no symptoms whatsoever. Sometimes, when symptoms do occur, it's too late,” Thom continued.

Thom says the good news is that prostate cancer, like many other conditions, is highly treatable if detected early.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the DCH Prostate Cancer Fund. Learn more about the fund and the Northside Classic here.

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