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02/18/2013
UCHealth hosts March MAN-ness, a men’s health happy hour

For immediate release: Feb. 18, 2013

Contact:
Dave Rizzotto, 970.237.7105, dlr@pvhs.org

University of Colorado Health plans March MAN-ness, a series of men’s health events

Attendees will:

  • Hear stories about community members saved by early detection;
  • Gain an understanding of how nutrition and exercise can prevent cancer and heart disease;
  • Receive information on the importance of early detections screenings; and
  • Learn to identify early warning signs.

Time will be available for questions.

Events are from 6-8 p.m.:

  • March 5, Crabtree Brewing Company, 2961 29th Street, Greeley.
  • March 6, Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland.
  • March 7, The Mayor of Old Town, 632 South Mason Street, Fort Collins.

Those who attend the Loveland event will have an opportunity to tour the Colorado Eagles’ locker room.

For more information and to register, visit: marchmanness.org.

The panel discussions will be streamed live through Google+ Hangouts and on-demand through UCHealth’s YouTube channel.

With a nod to NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament, University of Colorado Health in northern Colorado created its own men’s health awareness month—March MAN-ness—to emphasize the importance of disease prevention and early detection for men, who typically tend to avoid health checkups. 

March MAN-ness is free and will feature complementary happy hour, sports trivia and three panel discussions:

March 5, Crabtree Brewing Company, 2961 29th St., Greeley.
March 6, Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland.
March 7, The Mayor of Old Town, 632 S. Mason St., Fort Collins.


All events are 6-8 p.m.


Colorado State University Athletic Director Jack Graham will emcee the Fort Collins event.

Those who attend the Loveland event will have an opportunity to tour the Colorado Eagles’ locker room.

Along with complimentary food and drink, attendees will have opportunities to win Colorado Eagles season tickets and jerseys signed by the hockey team. Attendees are encouraged to wear sports garb.

The panel discussions will include Colorado Health Medical Group providers from primary care, oncology, cardiology, and urology, four medical areas where men’s lives are most impacted.

“The purpose of the events are to help men live healthier lives,” said Dr. Matthew Sorensen, UCHealth medical director of oncology in northern Colorado. He will be one of the panelists.

 “We want to share information that can save lives but in a causal setting,” added another panelist, urologist Dr. Benjamin Girdler. “The events are about providing men a space to talk about often ignored topics like prostate, heart and colon health."

Dr. Sorensen said the need for information sharing with men clearly exists. “Nearly one in two men will have cancer at some point in their lives. And yet, many men don't visit their doctor even when statistics show that mortality rates decline when they take an active role in their health.”

Many men wait until they are sick or in pain to see the doctor. Avoidance often occurs for a number of reasons. Common explanations are that it's embarrassing or inconvenient. Some feel that they're already healthy while others are afraid of the exam and possible results.

"People, like cars, need periodic tune-ups,” said Dr. Peyton Taliaferro, CHMG primary care physician. “Most people should see their primary care physician at least once per year. This visit gives you a chance to update your physician on any changes to your health as well as the opportunity to screen for common hidden problems which can give no symptoms but can have far-reaching repercussions. Treating someone for high blood pressure today is much easier than treating someone for a heart attack tomorrow." 

Fort Collins resident Roger Corliss is a prime example. For years, he regularly had blood screenings at a community health fair. In 2000, he took his results to his primary care doctor for evaluation. Abnormalities were detected.

Corliss was eventually diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer, and underwent treatment.

 “I’m alive today because I caught it early through regular screenings,” said Corliss, who will share his story at the Fort Collins event. Although he has had a challenging journey, he is in remission and competes in shotput and discus at senior athlete track and field competitions. On average, people whose multiple myeloma is detected at a later stage than Corliss' only have about 15 months to live.

Participating physicians and specialists include Regina Brown, Michael Eddy, Benjamin Girdler, Patrick Green, Douglas Kemme, Michael Lee, Brad Miller, Bradley Oldemeyer, Victor Palomares, Joshua Petit, Timothy Soper, Matthew Sorensen, Ann Stroh and Daniel Zenk.

Colorado State University Athletic Director Jack Graham will emcee the Fort Collins event.

Those who attend the Loveland event will have an opportunity to tour the Colorado Eagles’ locker room.

The events are free to members of the public, 21 years of age or older. Men and women are welcome. For more information and to register visit: marchmanness.org.

For those who cannot attend, the panel discussions will be streamed live through Google+ Hangouts and on-demand through UCHealth’s YouTube channel.

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