SOMC offering informational Men’s Health Symposium at Cancer Center

Southern Ohio Medical Center is offering a free Men’s Health Symposium at the SOMC Cancer Center on October 3. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm with the event beginning at 6:00 pm.

The symposium will include presentations from SOMC’s Dr. Chris Schmidt, Dr. Charles Wong, Dr. Jesse Houghton and Dr. Johnny Ray Bernard, Jr.. Topics will include a general overview of prevention tips and techniques for prostate and colon cancer as well as warning signs to report and screening tests that are recommended.  There will also be a question and answer period.

“The Men’s Health Symposium is an excellent opportunity for men in our community to learn what they can do to keep themselves healthy and get valuable feedback from local physicians who manage these illnesses and screening activities,” Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC Cancer Center, said.

In addition to promoting good health, participants will also have the opportunity to win a television. There are also perks offered for women who attend.  It is important that everyone understands how to take control of health issues.

“We will be offering free massages for women who choose to accompany their husbands or significant others to the symposium,” Waugh said. “They’ll have the opportunity to relax while the men attend the symposium.”

Relaxation is another important key to good health, as lowering stress levels help lower blood pressure and encourage healthier moods and appetites.

The symposium is being held in place of offering PSA-based screenings because the U.S. Preventative Taskforce recommends against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer without conversation and evaluation with your physician.

For more information, please call the SOMC Cancer Center at 740-356-7490.