Free Prostate Cancer Screening and Education
Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) will host a free prostate cancer screening event on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 5-7pm at SMH, located at 1 Medical Park Dr. in Benton. The event is an annual collaboration between Saline Memorial Hospital and the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation (APCF) APCF.
Men between the ages of 45 and 75 are encouraged to take advantage of the free preventative-health care services, which will include a blood test for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and a physical exam. Men with a family history of prostate cancer and men that are African-American are in high-risk populations for prostate cancer.
Dr. John Brizzolara, a well-known urologist now practicing at Saline Memorial Hospital, will perform the screenings. A nationally recognized expert, Dr. Brizzolara is a Board Certified Urologist and a member of the American Board of Urology and has been practicing in central Arkansas for our forty years.
APCF Executive Director Beverlyn Eckert said, “Men will want to be educated about their risk and options regarding screening and treatment. Men who have a father, brother or son diagnosed with prostate cancer have a higher risk of diagnosis themselves.”
“It’s important to know men can decrease the risk of prostate cancer by practicing healthy lifestyle choices,” Eckert added.
According to the Arkansas Central Cancer Registry, approximately 2,000 men in Arkansas will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, and 300 men will die from the disease. Men in Arkansas die at a higher rate from prostate cancer than women die from breast cancer. In many cases, Eckert said timely detection is the best opportunity to preserve life and quality of life.
“Should a screening result in a diagnosis of prostate cancer, APCF is here to help with understanding the disease and treatment, finding resources, learning what to expect, and how to deal with challenges,” she said. “We have a legion of men and women who have weathered this storm, ready to help those who are newly diagnosed.”
Eckert said she encourages men to establish a baseline PSA score and watch for PSA Velocity, which is the amount and rate a PSA score rises from year-to-year. APCF staff will be available to answer questions and help men determine whether screening is right for them.
For more information about the event or to register for the screening, men can call APCF at (501) 379-8027.