Midwest Cancer Alliance
Free cancer screenings will be held on Saturday, September 14th at the Stevens County Hospital Specialty Clinic at 1006 South Jackson Street in Hugoton, Kansas. Held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., the event is open to the public; appointments are not necessary to participate in the cancer screening event. The free cancer screenings are hosted by Hugoton Masonic Lodge No. 406, Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA), and The University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC).
Lodge members and staff from MCA are teaming up with health professionals from the University of Kansas Medical Center to provide health services that include:
• Skin Cancer Screenings
• Prostate Cancer Screenings
• Screen-to-Save Colon Cancer Home Screening Kits
• Body Mass Index (BMI) Assessments
This community outreach event is free and open to the public. No appointments are necessary to participate in the screening event.
Area Masons work with staff from the MCA, the outreach network of KUCC, and the Kansas Masonic Foundation to coordinate many of the free screening events that often draw several hundred attendees of all ages. According to Brooke Groneman, MCA outreach director, over 10,000 Kansas residents have attended the screenings since 2003.
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 cancer is currently the second leading cause of death in Kansas, and the region has higher than average rates of skin cancer compared to other parts of the country.
“When it comes to the possibility of cancer, it’s always better to catch a potential problem in the earliest stage possible,” said KUMC dermatologist Rachel Pflederer, M.D. Anyone identified with a possible health concern at one of the free cancer screenings is advised by the screening team to follow up with his/her local physician.
For more information on the free cancer screening event in Hugoton, call Ed Anderson at 620-629- 5277.