The Haysville Masonic Lodge No. 112 is hosting a free cancer screening event in Haysville tomorrow.
It will take place at the Haysville United Methodist Church on 601 E. Grand Avenue, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The event is open to the public.
The Centers for Disease Control reported that, in Kansas, cancer is the second leading cause of death.
Lodge members and the University of Kansas Medical Center staff are teaming up to offer people skin and prostate screenings. Participants will also receive a colon cancer home screening kit and a Body Mass Index assessment. Women will be able to learn how to do a breast self-exam.
All the screenings are in private, and results are confidential. Anyone identified with a possible health concern will be advised to visit their local physician.
One of the event organizers and lodge members, Freddie Townsend, said his life would be different if he would have visited his doctor six months earlier.
Townsend said the doctors would have found the colon cancer, treated it and he would have been back to work after a few months.
His cancer was so aggressive, doctors had to to intense treatments that led him to being disabled and out of work.
Townsend is now urging people to not wait until the last minute.
“So many of the cancers today are treatable,” he said. “So the early detection is the key.”