TRINITY - Medical Center of Trinity went all out to entice local men to their health fair. The event included the Harley Davidson JUMPSTART Rider experience, camping and fishing supplies from Walmart, tool sets from The Home Depot, and even a hovercraft.
The "Start your Engines" event was held June 11 in celebration of National Men's Health Month and featured free food and educational activities.
Several booths also educated patrons about knee and hip pain and low testosterone and male menopause, while offering blood pressure screenings and taking pulses.
"If you have a men's event, men don't always come, so you have to make it fun and educational," said hospital spokeswoman Mary Sommise.
Ramon Perez, a urologist at the medical center, said health care for men is in an unspoken crisis state. He urges women to nudge their fathers, sons and husbands toward preventative care because if they won't, who will?
"When you've got football games, you know what the players are talking about?" Perez asked. "Breasts, not men's health," he said, speaking of the yearly promotion during which NFL players wear pink to aid the breast cancer advocacy group Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Perez said part of the problem is that many men stop seeing the doctor for regular physicals and blood work when they're no longer playing team sports in school. He said men consume three times as much health care as women after the age of 65 because they haven't had the preventative care to treat symptoms that sent them to the hospital.
As part of the push toward preventive care, doctors and medical technicians demonstrated the capabilities of a new iLogic tool called an Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy, a form of GPS for the lungs.
The device allows doctors to treat lung lesions outside the reach of standard bronchoscope procedures using real-time location to map the pathway to a target, or lesion.
For the first time in several years, this could lower the mortality rate of lung cancer patients by finding malignant lesions earlier, said Zahid Akram. The procedure also allows for immediate diagnosis, instead of waiting for weeks for CT scans and biopsies to be analyzed.
"The next generation of this thing will be able to diagnose and treat at the same time," Akram said. "This is the way of the future."
More than 300 people showed up for the event, which was free and open to the community. For women, The "Girls' Night Out" series encourages them to take time to correct health conditions that keep them from fully enjoying their family, professions and life.
For a schedule of events at the medical center, visit http://medicalcentertrinity.com/calendar/.