Arkansas Urology offering free prostate cancer screenings
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) -- It's the second-most deadly cancer among American men-- prostate cancer. In kicking off September's prostate cancer awareness month, the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation is urging men to get their screenings.
Arkansas Urology says the cancer is easily treatable when detected early on, however, too late, and there's not much that can be done about it.
"Many people simply aren't aware. Many people will go to the doctor when they're sick-- when there are symptoms or signs of something," Arkansas Urology CEO Scot Davis said at the news conference at the Arkansas State Capitol.
One-year prostate cancer survivor Dwight Moore spoke at the event, too. Moore's father and two brothers were all diagnosed with prostate cancer, but he was still surprised when he was diagnosed himself.
"I was, in a sense that I'm very athletic and very healthy, so my diet and everything made me think I would be okay. But the doctor told me, 'no matter how healthy you are, genetics are very powerful'," Moore said. He adds that while family history plays a big role in whether or not one might have prostate cancer, he urges every man to get screened for it.
Davis says about 1,500 Arkansas men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. The cancer, he says, is curable if treated early.
"If we catch prostate cancer early, it's one of the most treatable forms of cancer we can take care of. If we don't catch it, a lot of times there's not a lot that we can do, so early detection is the key. It's a simple test, it's not hard to do. Our events are free," he said.
The first free screening event by Arkansas Urology will take place September 11 at 1300 Centerview Dr. in Little Rock. The second free screening will be on September 27 in North Little Rock at 4200 Stockton Dr.
The practice, Davis adds, now has two very advanced, new therapies which implement MRI and ultrasound technology to detect prostate cancer early on.
Arkansas Urology alone does close to 1,600 prostate biopsies a year.
Men between ages 50 and 70 are urged to get their screenings done.