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The week leading up to Father’s Day is considered National Men’s Health Week. KSMU’s Katie Easley reports.
This week is designed to raise awareness of health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
Michelle LeRoux, A Media Relations Specialist with Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson says, “It’s a family issue it’s something that you want your dad, brother, your husband around it’s only fair that men do this. If you want to be around for your family then you start taking care of yourself.”
Skaggs is inviting men to a free mini health fair Tuesday, June 15th, from 5-7. Leroux says men are statistically less likely to schedule regular doctor’s appointments than women.
The health fair will include information on cancers that affect men, as well as sleep disorders, diet, and fitness. Leroux says Skaggs is also offering free prostate screenings.
LeRoux says Skaggs has many ways to educate men on how to detect prostate cancer early.
You can register for the Skaggs men’s health fair online at www.skaggs.net. Planned Parenthood offices in Springfield and Joplin are also recognizing men’s health this week by giving men 10 dollars off STD tests.
For KSMU News, I’m Katie Easley