Cancer Screenings are for Men, Too

Julia Bettinger, Program Manager of the Wyoming Cancer Resource Services. Photo courtesy of johnsoncountrycrc.org
Julia Bettinger, Program Manager of the Wyoming Cancer Resource Services. Photo courtesy of johnsoncountrycrc.org

On Monday's Public Pulse, Program Manager of the Wyoming Cancer Resource Center Julia Bettinger and Cathi Kindt, Executive Director of the Sheridan Health Center, joined host Kim Love in a discussion on the importance of cancer screenings.

Bettinger said her goal is promoting the idea of discussing men's health issues in the community.

According to Bettinger, men are 24 percent less likely than women to visit the doctor when they need to. One-third of cancer deaths in the country are due to chronic illnesses like diabetes and other obesity-related conditions.

Kindt said that last year at the Sheridan Health Center, they saw almost twice as many more new women patients than men. While 95 men sought treatment there for the first time, so did 170 women. Kindt explains why she thinks men have a harder time making it to the doctor.

Free information on age-appropriate screenings for cancer are available at the Sheridan Health Center and at the Johnson County Community Resource Center.

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