TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but staying away too long could cause some serious problems. For the 19th year in a row, the Moffitt Cancer Center hosted their annual Men's Health Forum in an effort to encourage men to keep their health a top priority.
"It gets busy, so you don't think about getting a flu shot. You don't think about those things that you normally should do," said Robert Gonzalez, a patient who stopped by the event.
Hundreds of men showed up Saturday to get their annual checkup and address health concerns with medical professionals during the free event.
"I'm getting older and older, so I think that staying on top of your health and being more proactive is super important," said David Lurie, a Tampa Bay resident who has stopped by the forum the past five years.
The annual event offered a variety of services and educational resources for men with the hopes of making sure each individual was not only healthy, but also prepared.
Health checkups included things like vision screenings, blood tests and even a chance for individuals to be looked over for skin cancer.
"A lot of men don't like to necessarily talk about symptoms that they might have. They might be in denial about whether or not they're even exposed to cancer," said Dr. Nainesh Parikh who works as a doctor in Moffitt's Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology Department.
For those who attended, many of them left with much more than just a clean bill of health.
"A lot of things I was not aware of. Now, I'm in the loop, and I know what to look for, especially with skin cancer. It's very, very, very important," said Richard Haggard, a patient who stopped by the event.
The education and knowledge those in attendance gained now serves as a reminder to never let their health become an afterthought.
"Better know now and be able to do something about it then ignore it and have it be too late," said Lurie.
If you missed the event, doctors with Moffitt Cancer Center still encourage you to make an appointment with your primary care physician or stop in at the center.
They said you can never take your health too seriously.