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Cancer screening helps Sunflower Days visitors


Medical professionals from KU Medical Center and local Masons who helped during the event included, from left, Dale Lilly, Roger Montgomery, Gary Allen, George Cop, Willard L Johnson, Brea Prindaville, MD, Mark Russell, Ryan Tubre, MD, Lauri Christensen, MD, Brooke Groneman, Ashley Adorante, Victor Perez, Tasha Hill, Ali Noyes, Bill Haddock and Jerry Lawhorn.

MELVERN, Kan. – The free cancer screening hosted by local Masons June 25, during Melvern’s Sunflower Days was attended by almost 80 community members. The cancer screening was one of 26 free cancer awareness events the Kansas Masonic Foundation is sponsoring across the state in 2016.

The event in Osage County included skin and prostate cancer screenings and derma scans. Eleven of those who attended were advised by the medical staff to see their local physician to address a potential health concern that was spotted during the screening.

KMF conducts the screenings in partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and KU Medical Center staff.

“We hope this event helps prevent some problems that may not otherwise have been caught early on,” said local Masonic volunteer, George Cop.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every day and 205 of those are diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In addition, close to 200,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year.

For information on the Kansas Masonic Foundation’s other free cancer screening events in 2016 contact the Midwest Cancer Alliance at 913-588-4719 or the Kansas Masonic Foundation at 785-357-7646.

Information and photo thanks to the Midwest Cancer Alliance.

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