Men's health issues are hot topics for March 20 Lunch and Learn

Mens Health

Dr. Rick Weaver will speak at a March 20 Lunch and Learn program on "Men's Mealth." The public event is sponsored by the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce's Health and Wellness Committee.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 07:00 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Men's health issues, including testicular cancer, prostate cancer, colo-rectal cancer, alcoholism, hypertension, skin cancer and cholesterol are on the agenda for the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Committee's March 20 Lunch and Learn.

The importance of examinations for cancer forms common to men, including how to conduct self-examinations for some of them, will be emphasized, presenter Dr. Rick Weaver said.

Testicular cancer is one of the least discussed forms of the disease and is "highly treatable when diagnosed early," but is often ignored by men because of denial and embarrassment, he said.

And colo-rectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women, Weaver said.

"More lives are lost each year to colorectal cancer than to AIDS and breast cancer combined," Weaver's presentation materials state.

The Lunch and Learn will begin with a free lunch provided by Publix supermarket followed by Weaver's presentation. The program will conclude with a questions-and-answers period.

"We try to leave some time for questions, although because of  the nature of the topic, some on the committee are concerned there may be some reluctance," chamber President Dennis Mitchell said.

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