Masons hold free cancer screenings in Wichita, Belle Plaine

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Local Masons will host two free cancer screening events today.

The first is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Central Kansas Podiatry, 2081 N. Webb Rd., Wichita and the second is from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Belle Plaine Baptist Church Annex, 801 N. Logan Street, Belle Plaine.  

The screenings are open to the public and are the first two of 28 free cancer prevention events the Kansas Masonic Foundation (KMF) is sponsoring across the state in 2017. The event is set to include free skin and prostate cancer screenings as well as free Screen-to-Save colon cancer risk assessments, a limited supply of home screening kits, bone density tests and facial sun damage assessments.

“When we catch cancer in its early stages can make a big difference in successful treatment,” says dermatologist Aly Barland, MD.

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 few years. 

Diagnostic Imaging Center’s mobile mammography services will also be available at the events. A mammogram is free for those who qualify through the Early Detection Works program or have insurance coverage. Otherwise, a fee may apply.

For more information on the screening event in Wichita call 316-871-7209. In Belle Plaine call 316-648-7660. 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.

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