TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center will host the 16th annual Men’s Health Forum on Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m-2:30 p.m. at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center.
The annual event brings together nearly 80 community organizations that partner together to offer free health screenings, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, HIV/AIDS/STI, skin cancer and more assessments, to medically underserved and uninsured men in Tampa Bay. In addition to screenings, the forum provides health education workshops, fitness demonstrations and hosts more than 50 community support services exhibitors.
“The Men’s Health Forum is a wonderful opportunity for men in and around Tampa Bay to learn about cancer screening and get appropriate screening for a number of health-related issues,” says Dr. Julio Pow-Sang, chairman of Genitourinary Oncology at Moffitt. “It is a way for health care professionals to work directly with men who may otherwise not have access to quality health care.”
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Safety and Super Bowl XXXVII MVP Dexter Jackson will appear at the Forum from 10 a.m.-noon. Lightning hockey alumni Paul Ysebaert and Vinny Prospal are scheduled to make appearances from 10-11 a.m. All three athletes will be available for interviews while they sign autographs for participants.
In 2015, nearly 500 men attended and 61% were uninsured or underinsured. Of the 161 men who were educated about the importance of prostate testing, 71% completed a prostate cancer screening. Moffitt offered skin cancer exams in 2015, as well, and of the 169 men screened, 32% needed follow-up examinations by physicians.
Title sponsors include Moffitt Cancer Center and The Wawa Foundation. Additional sponsors include New York Yankees, Bright House Networks, HART, IQuit with AHEC, Florida Blue, WMNF 88.5 FM, The Urban Cafe, Genesis 680 AM, and La Prensa Mexicana.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. One of the three largest cancer centers in the United States based on patient volume, the Tampa-based facility is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.