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Health ServicesKansas Masonic Foundation Raises $500,000 for a Mammogram Screening Unit

Kansas Masons to Offer Mammogram Screenings in 2025

Topeka, Kansas (March 18, 2024)—For over 40 years, the Kansas Masons have contributed more than $40 million to KU Cancer Center research to help educate individuals about the importance of early detection and preventive screenings and improve access to cancer care and clinical trials. In recent years, the Masonic Cancer Alliance has continued to support the research and education of the KU Cancer Center by investing nearly $800,000 to create a mobile cancer screening clinic equipped with a mammogram unit that can assist more Kansas communities.

With approximately 17,000 Kansans diagnosed with cancer each year, the Masonic Cancer Alliance’s mobile cancer screening van is a much-needed necessity, making healthcare more accessible for individuals across the state. In addition to accommodating an estimated 100 individuals each day, the mobile cancer screenings support underserved populations, promote high-quality, affordable care, and ensure geography isn’t a barrier to detecting cancers earlier. Health insurance coverage is not required for individuals to participate, and residents can receive the following screening types:

  • Skin Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Blood Pressure
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Colorectal Kits
  • Mammograms

This year, Kansas Masons have successfully met the challenge of raising $500,000 to purchase a mammogram screening unit that will be utilized on the mobile cancer screening van. Such a challenge was made possible through the recent Kansas Masonic Foundation Charity Auction and Kansas Masons’ recent partnership with Kendra Scott, which helped to put Kansas Masons over the top with their fundraising goal. With this new addition of mammogram screening equipment, Kansas Masons will be able to expand their offerings by providing early detection services to women in local Kansas communities. Mammogram screening services will be made available throughout Kansas beginning in early 2025.

“Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States. It accounts for roughly 30 percent of all new female cancers every year, and it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Regular breast cancer screenings and early detection are so important in part because many women with breast cancer have no symptoms,” said Roy Jensen, Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. “Thanks to the generosity of the Kansas Masons, this mobile mammography unit will offer women much-needed access to potentially life-saving screenings.”

For more information about this year’s mobile cancer screening clinics, please click here!

About the Kansas Masonic Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of Kansas Masons, the Kansas Masonic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities and supporting fellow Masons and their families. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $50 million in Kansas communities and individuals through funding academic, scientific, and charitable endeavors. For additional information about the Kansas Masonic Foundation and to get involved, click here.

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