Conway physicians will team with Conway Regional Medical Center on Monday, Oct. 3 to offer free prostate screenings and prostate education to area men.
This is the 10th annual screening to be held by the groups in Conway.
Though screenings are free, they will be conducted by appointment only between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.
John Patton, marketing coordinator for the hospital, said that several doctors would be available to take patients during that time.
Lori Reynolds, prostate cancer screening coordinator, assured that in all years, no patient had been turned away.
Participating physician and urologist Jeffrey Marotte will be among those offering their services to the program on the screening day.
Marotte said that a screening will include a physical exam and a blood test to detect for the prostate specific antigen, or PSA.
"These two tests help us screen for prostate cancer to detect it at its earliest stages," Marotte said.
Marotte recommended that prostate screenings be conducted for all men who are at least age 40 and some men at risk due to family history.
African American men are also at a higher risk than other races, Marotte said.
Men who have already been diagnosed with prostate cancer, or those who have received a PSA test in the past year should not be screened.
"Since the advent of the PSA, we have seen a decline in prostate cancer deaths in the United States," Marotte said. "I do believe that the physical exam along with the PSA is helping diagnose earlier, therefore, less men are dying of prostate cancer."
Marotte said he believes that the local effort to provide screenings for area men has saved lives.
"I do believe we’ve saved many lives here locally by diagnosing at a very early stage. The early stage is highly curable just like with any other cancer that is diagnosed early," he said.
Reynolds noted that the Conway Regional has been providing scheduling, facilities and laboratories for the screenings for 10 years in an effort to address a health issue that affects men only.
"We do a lot of women’s health. Men were being left out. We recognize this as a problem and we started doing the free screenings," Reynolds said.
Other physicians who will conduct the screenings are Dr. Craig Shirley, Dr. Javed Shinwari and Dr. Bryan Imamura.
According to the Prostate Conditions Education Council, prostate cancer is the second leading cancer killer of men but is nearly 100 percent survivable when detected in the early stages.
To make a 15-minute appointment for a screening, call 513-5858 through Sept. 26.
Screenings will take place at Conway Regional Medical Center, at the outpatient wing of the hospital.
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