Local Masons are hosting free cancer screenings Saturday, April 7. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St Bernard Masonic Lodge No. 222, 1207 McArtor Street, Dodge City.

It is one of 20 free cancer screening events the Kansas Masonic Foundation is sponsoring across the Heartland in 2018.

KMF conducts the screenings in partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the outreach network of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, and KU Medical Center staff.

According to Brooke Groneman, the outreach director for MCA, nearly 8,000 Kansas residents have attended the Masonic screenings over the past decade.

The event is open to the public and will include free skin and prostate cancer screenings, colon cancer home screening kits as well as Body Mass Index assessments and breath tests that measure lung exposure to carbon monoxide.In addition, First Dental of Dodge City will provide free oral cancer screenings and a classic 1960 Corvette that the Masonic Foundation is raffling off will be on display.

Volunteers from several area Masonic Lodges and The Order of Eastern Star Chapter 97 are coordinating the event in partnership with Midwest Cancer Alliance and physicians from University of Kansas Medical Center.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer every day and nearly 250 of those are diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that, in Kansas, cancer is currently the second leading cause of death, and the region has higher than average rates of skin cancer, compared to other parts of the U.S.

"When it comes to the possibility of cancer, it’s always better to catch a potential problem in the earliest stage possible," explains dermatologist Rachel Pflederer, M.D. in a press release.

This event marks the second time Masonic Lodge No. 222 has hosted a cancer screening. The previous event drew nearly 100 participants.

"This year we hope even more friends and neighbors will take advantage of this free health service," says Masonic volunteer Dennis Burk.