Local Masons will host a free cancer screening on Friday, Aug. 25, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Family Life Chiropractic, 430 Main Street, in Wellsville. Held during the Wellsville Car Show, the screenings are open to the public and are one of 28 free cancer prevention events the Kansas Masonic Foundation (KMF) is sponsoring across the state in 2017.
KMF conducts the screenings in partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and KU Medical Center staff. According to Brooke Groneman, the outreach director for MCA, nearly 7,000 Kansas residents have attended the Masonic screenings over the past decade. The event in Wellsville is being coordinated by Masonic volunteers from nearby Gardner Masonic Lodge No.65 and will include free skin and prostate screenings as well as Screen-to-Save colon cancer home screening kits, BMI tests and facial sun damage assessments.
Diagnostic Imaging Center’s mobile mammography unit will also be available at the event. The cost is covered for those who qualify through Early Detection Works or have insurance coverage. Otherwise, a fee may apply. Participants can call 913-344-9989 for information or to pre-schedule a mammogram for Aug. 25.
“There’s no question that when we catch cancer in its early stages we significantly improve chances of successful treatment,” says physician Aly Barland, MD.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, approximately 6,000 Americans are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every day and more than 200 of those are diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control reports that, in Kansas, cancer is the leading cause of death and the region has higher than average rates of skin cancer, compared to other parts of the U.S.This event marks the first time Gardner Masonic Lodge No. 65 has hosted a cancer screening. “We hope plenty of locals, as well as Car Show visitors, take advantage of this life-saving service,” says Lodge No. 65 volunteer, Kurt Neis.
“At most of the screenings we’ve hosted, the physicians are catching potential health issues in about 20 percent of the people they see,” notes Robert Shively, Director of KMF. Anyone identified with a possible health issue is advised by the screening team to see their local physician.
In addition to funding screenings with local Lodges for more than a dozen years, the KMF created The Kansas Masonic Cancer Institute and developed health initiatives like the Bob Dole Prostate Cancer Research Fund and the Oncology Nurse Navigator and Psychosocial Oncology Endowments at University of Kansas Medical Center over the past few decades.
For more information on the screening event in Wellsville call 913-207-6379. To learn more about The Kansas Masonic Foundation call 785-357-7646 and, for information on KMF’s other free cancer screening events in 2017, contact the Midwest Cancer Alliance at 913-588-4719.