PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Masonic Lodge will host a free cancer screening this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lodge. The screening is open to the public, with no appointment necessary.

The lodge Master Tom Hensley, said the cancer screenings have had success in previous years.

“We have found that around 25 percent of people who come to a Masonic cancer screening have some sort of cancer,” said Hensley “This helps people catch it sooner, and have much better success rates.”

This event is personal to Hensley whose mother had breast cancer, and who has had many friends suffer from the disease.

“The most important thing is catch it early, and treat it quickly. I’ve lost friends who I might not have lost had they found the cancer sooner.” he said.

The lodge will have a team from the University of Kansas completing most of the cancer screenings, and local dentists completing the oral cancer checks.

He stressed that the screenings are open to women as well as men.

“Anyone can come take advantage of these professionals being here,” he said. “We just want to help as many people as we can.”

The lodge will also offer a healthy living screening during Saturday’s event to help people better identify problems in their lifestyle that may lead to health issues.

In order to encourage people to attend the screening the lodge has arranged for some unorthodox incentives.

“We know that getting a prostate screen is less than fun, so we’ve partnered with Shooters in Frontenac,” Hensley said. “Every guy that goes through it gets a free beer.”

Anyone who participates in any of the cancer screenings will receive a chance to win a Yeti cooler. There will also be tickets on sale to win a 1960s corvette. The corvette and other classic cars will also be on display.

The lodge is located at 3105 N. Joplin in Pittsburg. Questions about the cancer screening can be answered by calling the lodge at 620-231-1180.