Men’s Health Day event draws many for prevention and detection screenings

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NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Saturday, more than 100 area men met with doctors at North Kansas City Hospital to discuss questions about their health for Men's Health Day. People were able to get six different prevention and early detection screenings, including a cholesterol screening, blood draw for prostate cancer and skin screening.

Many of the physicians have been volunteering their time since the event started 15 years ago. Gerald Park is a urologist at Kansas CIty Urology Care; he said prostate cancer is the number one cause of cancer in men.

"Men tend to not be advocates as much of their health as women are so it is a great thing to get that awareness to the community," said Park.

He said it is important to be screened because the earlier you find it, the easier it is to treat.

Dan Lemunyon joined Men's Health Day to get tested and ask questions.

"I turn 50 this year so I thought this is a good time to start looking closer at my health," he said.

The hospital plans to hold another health day for women in the upcoming months.

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