Standish couple will present on prostate health

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BETHEL — “Prostate Health: What We All Need to Know” will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 13, at the Congregational Church, Church Street. Bob and Mary Beane of Standish, members of the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer, will present.

The Beanes will discuss prostate cancer awareness, the importance of early detection and will share their experience with this disease.

After spending 22 years as a city fireman in Portland, Bob Beane returned to college and achieved an associate degree in nautical science. He went on to work with the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office. Two years ago while undergoing a routine physical exam, a lump was discovered on his prostate, which was a very aggressive form of cancer.

He has spent the past two years in treatment and credits his wife, Mary, with providing the invaluable support, which made all the difference during his battle with cancer. They will relate their personal journey, what they’ve learned and what everyone needs to know about prostate cancer.

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Since his diagnosis, Bob Beane has become a reiki practitioner and volunteers at the Maine Medical Center. He is working to expand the MMC reiki inpatient program to include outpatients as well.

The program is presented as a community service by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center, MSAD 44/Continuing Education and the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center of Stephens Memorial Hospital.

The public is invited and admission is free. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.

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