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Munson Medical Center hosts prostate cancer open house

A member of the Cowell Family Cancer Center's team speaks with visitors at a prostate cancer open house on Wednesday evening.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Men in Traverse City had the chance Wednesday evening to talk and learn about something that maybe isn't talked about enough.

Those impacted, or just curious about prostate cancer had the chance to get up-to-date on the latest prevention, screening and treatment techniques at an open house at Munson Medical Center's Cowell Family Cancer Center.

“Men don’t like to talk about a lot of their health issues," said Kathy LaRaia, the hospital's executive director of oncology. "We thought, ‘What if we did something low key where it’s an open house? You come and just talk to the vendors, talk to the physicians on a one-to-one basis, informally,’ then maybe we can increase awareness of prostate cancer.”

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men, but it's very curable if discovered early on.

Our chief meteorologist Mark Watkins was there, talking about his own prostate cancer treatment.

The open house allowed people to check out things like the Da Vinci Surgical Robot and Space OAR Hydrogel that's used during surgery.

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