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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and Arkansas Urology will be offering free prostate cancer screenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Arkansas Urology’s Pine Bluff location, 1609 W. 40th Ave.

Arkansas Urology is sponsoring the 16th annual Kickoff to Men’s Health event offering free, potentially lifesaving prostate cancer screenings in Pine Bluff. Health guidelines will be observed to prevent covid-19, according to a news release.

“We are honored to offer free screenings to raise awareness of prostate cancer for those in Pine Bluff and Jefferson County,” Chris Shenep, director of the AU Foundation and Marketing, said in the release. “Early detection is key. That is why Arkansas Urology has been providing free prostate cancer screenings for the past 16 years at our annual Kickoff to Men’s Health event.”

Men who attend will be eligible for multiple prizes, including flat-screen TVs, according to the release.

“Each year, approximately 2,000 Arkansans will learn they have prostate cancer, and more than 300 will die from the disease,” according to the release. “In the course of its development, a course of treatment and ultimate prognosis improves the earlier a diagnosis is made. Screening and early detection of prostate cancer can greatly increase a man’s chance of survival. Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, it’s just as important as ever for men to be screened for prostate cancer.”

The news release encouraged men to be tested and learn the facts about prostate cancer.

“Many risk factors such as age, race and family history can’t be controlled. But there are some things you can do that might lower your risk of prostate cancer,” according to the release. “Maintaining a healthy body weight, getting physical activity, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, eating a healthy diet, not smoking and getting plenty of sleep are all important ways you can contribute to being healthier. But having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will get the disease. Many people with one or more risk factors never get cancer, while others who get cancer may have had few or no known risk factors. Prostate cancer is more prevalent in males who have a family history, or are African American or Hispanic. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men who are 65 or older. Screening and early detection of prostate cancer can greatly increase a man’s chance of survival.”

Arkansas Urology is working with the Arkansas Department of Health to ensure proper covid-19 precautions are in place during the free prostate cancer screenings.

“When patients arrive at the event, they will be asked to remain in their vehicle to be screened for covid-19. All patients will receive a temperature check and questionnaire. In order to practice safe social distancing, staff will check in patients via an online portal and patients will be instructed to remain in their cars until they are notified to come in for their prostate cancer screening. Upon entering Arkansas Urology, each patient will be required to practice social distancing, as well as wear a mask,” according to the release.

Arkansas Urology treats approximately 105,000 patients a year at 14 sites at Pine Bluff, Monticello, Stuttgart, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Conway, El Dorado, Heber Springs, Harrison, Searcy (Unity), Russellville, Fayetteville and Bentonville.

Print Headline: Prostate cancer focus of event

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