Prostate Cancer Screening

Screening PhotoSeptember 16 Update - White River Medical Center (WRMC) Phlebotomist, Tracey Wren, draws blood from a participant of the Annual Free Prostate Cancer Screening. WRMC partnered with Drs. John Allgood, Hunter Brown, Rob Emery, and APRN, Wil Moore, to provide the screening, which consisted of a blood draw to test Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels, and a physical exam conducted by providers. This year was a record year for the event with 325 men participating. In addition to the physicians, the event was supported by many volunteers including employees from multiple WRMC departments, nurses, phlebotomists, and a member of the WRMC Auxiliary.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Batesville, Ark.) — 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, which is why it is essential to get screened.

Fortunately, White River Medical Center (WRMC) in Batesville, along with the generosity of Drs. John Allgood, Hunter Brown, Robert Emery, and Muhammad Khan, provides a prostate cancer screening each year at no cost to men throughout the region.

WRMC and participating physicians will host the annual Free Prostate Cancer Screening on September 9th from 5pm until 8pm in the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging.

The Free Prostate Cancer Screening is held in honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, in American men.

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

“This is a very important screening for men. It is offered at no cost, is discreet and quick, and best of all, it allows the men who participate to have peace of mind for an entire year,” said Michele Wood, Director of Marketing at WRMC.

The event is in its 17th year and has benefitted hundreds of men throughout the region. Last year, a total of 288 men participated in the event.

 “Many physicians, nurses, phlebotomists, staff, and hospital volunteers willingly donate their time and skills to ensure that the Prostate Cancer Screening takes place,” said Gary Bebow, White River Health System (WRHS) CEO. “They make this event happen, and we are grateful for their support.”

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 an Urologist to discuss treatment options.

Times are still available. To reserve a screening time, call (870) 262-1780 or email Michele Wood, Director of Marketing, at mwood@wrmc.com.

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

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