Saturday: Masons to host free cancer screenings at Osage City

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Local Masons will host free cancer screenings Saturday, April 28, at the Osage County Senior Center, 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan. Held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., the event is open to the public and is one of 20 free cancer prevention events the Kansas Masonic Foundation is sponsoring across the state in 2018.

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. According to Brooke Groneman, the outreach director for MCA, nearly 8,000 Kansas residents have attended the Masonic screenings over the past decade.

The event in Osage City is being coordinated by Masonic volunteers from Lodge No. 22 and will include free skin and prostate screenings, colon cancer home screening kits, Body Mass Index assessments and breath tests that measure lung exposure to carbon monoxide. In addition, Osage City dentist, Dr. Robert Harmon, will provide free oral cancer screenings.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every day and nearly 250 of those are diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control reports that in Kansas cancer is currently the second leading cause of death and the region has higher than average rates of skin cancer, compared to other parts of the U.S.

“When it comes to the possibility of cancer, it’s always better to catch a potential problem in the earliest stage possible,” said dermatologist Rachel Pflederer, M.D.

This event marks the second time local Masons provided free cancer prevention services in Osage County. Nearly 75 participants were screened when the Lodge held a similar event in Melvern in 2016.

“We hope to see even more people turn out for this screening,” said Masonic volunteer, Dale Lilly.

“The physicians spot potential health issues in about 20 out of every 100 Masonic screening participants,” said Robert Shively, Director of KMF. Anyone identified with a possible health concern is advised by the screening team to see their local physician, explained Shively.

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 Osage City, call 785-549-3219. To learn more about the Kansas Masonic Foundation, call 785-357-7646; for information on KMF’s other free cancer screening events in 2018, contact the Midwest Cancer Alliance at 913-588-4719.

Information thanks to Midwest Cancer Alliance.

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