Midwest Cancer Care Sponsors Free No-Excuses Cancer Screenings in October

September 20, 2010

Screenings will help determine risk, identify early warning signs and educate the community on the importance of early detection of prostate, colon and skin cancers.

Midwest Cancer Care at Research Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System, will sponsor free cancer screenings from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2010. The screenings will be available from Research Medical Center health care professionals at the Cancer Center, One West, on the hospital’s main campus. To register, call (816) 751-3775.

Midwest Cancer Care at Research Medical Center, which has online cancer risk assessments to help people identify early warning symptoms and determine risk, holds community cancer screenings throughout the year. “We want to help community residents be proactive regarding their health,” says Kevin J. Hicks, chief executive officer at Research Medical Center. “It’s vital that people not only know what to look for, but to know their level of risk for prostate, skin or colon cancer.”

Prostate cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer in men—if it’s caught early. An annual prostate screening is recommended for African American men over age 40 and all other men beginning at age 50.

Colorectal cancer causes more deaths among nonsmokers than any other form of cancer and like prostate, often can be treated with positive outcomes if detected early.

Skin cancer is another disease that often can be treated with positive outcomes when detected early.

“We are committed at Research Medical Center to provide every patient with the highest level of care in an environment where people, compassion, community and integrity are valued,” says Hicks. “These free cancer screenings help us support and offer cancer education within our community.”