WRMC Prostate Screening a Success

Tiffany Cox, Office Manager of Batesville Oncology and Certified Phlebotomist, draws a participants blood during the recent prostate cancer screening event held at White River Medical Center.Ernie Pectol of Magness walked into White River Medical Center (WRMC) on the night of the free Prostate Cancer Screening event, and in less than 30 minutes, his prostate screening exam was complete until next year.

Each year, WRMC and Drs. John Allgood, Hunter Brown, Raman Desikan, Robert Emery, and Muhammad Khan host a Free Prostate Cancer Screening Event for men throughout the region. This year, a total of 284 men participated in the event.

“I’ve been coming for approximately six years,” said Pectol. “Prostate cancer runs in my family, so it’s nice to know that in less than 30 minutes, I can put my fears to rest for an entire year.”

The event is in its 16th year and has benefitted hundreds of men throughout the region.

“Men come from all over to get this important screening, and we are thankful for a great turnout,” said Bryan Langston, WRMC CommHealth Coordinator and coordinator of the screening.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, in American men. According to cancer.org, an estimated 2400 Arkansas men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and nearly 300 die of the disease. Chances of surviving prostate cancer are over 90% higher if diagnosed early.

Men should be screened beginning at age 50.  African American men or men with a family history should be screened beginning at age 40.

WRMC offers several treatment options for men suffering from prostate cancer including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), da Vinci® prostatectomy, brachytherapy (a form of radiation therapy), and cryotherapy (a treatment method using cold temperatures).  Men should consult a Urologist to discuss treatment options.

WRMC holds the Free Prostate Cancer Screening every year in honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. As a result of the growing national awareness in recent years, prostate cancer deaths in America have greatly decreased.

“For the event to be successful, we need physicians, staff, nurses, and hospital auxiliary who are willing to donate their time,” said Gary Bebow, WRMC Administrator/CEO. “I’m proud to say that volunteers are never in short supply for this event, and we are appreciative of their continued support each year.”

“I would like to give a big thanks to WRMC and all the doctors and staff involved for thinking of the men in our area,” said Pectol. “This prostate screening is beneficial, timely, discreet, and doesn’t cost a thing. It’s a great public service.”

To learn more about Prostate Cancer including symptoms and risk factors, visit WRHS’ health library at healthlibrary.whiteriverhealthsystem.com and search ‘Prostate Cancer’.

WRMC is a 235-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas.  The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices.  White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.