Local Masons will host a free health screening on Sat., April 9, from 9 a.m – 12 p.m. at Central Kansas Podiatry, 2081 N. Webb Rd. The screenings include skin and prostate cancer screening as well as bone density tests. The Wichita Screening event is the first of 26 free cancer awareness events sponsored across the state this year by the Kansas Masonic Foundation. The screening is open to the public.
Local participating Mason branches includes the Fred Douglas Masonic Lodge #99 and the Sunflower Lodge AF&AM.
Skin cancer and prostate cancer are the most common types of cancer in the U.S among men. African American men are more likely to develop prostate cancer compared with Caucasian men and are nearly 2.4 times as likely to die from the disease. The good news is that early detection and improvement in therapy have resulted in a dramatic decrease in prostate cancer deaths (by 40 to 50%) since the early 1900s.