UAMS Cancer Awareness Expo Aug. 20 in Forrest City

By todd

FORREST CITY – The third-annual St. Francis County Cancer Awareness Expo, to be held Aug. 20 in Forrest City, will include cancer-related information and health screenings offered by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and other organizations.

The Expo will be from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Forrest City Civic Center, 1335 N. Washington. Health screenings will include mammograms for those with insurance or who are eligible for a free one through the UAMS BreastCare program. Other screenings will be prostate cancer screenings, blood pressure checks and cholesterol screenings. For additional information, call (501) 526-5698 or (870) 630-2005.

The Cancer Control Department of the Arkansas Cancer Research Center at UAMS is sponsoring the Expo, along with the UAMS Witness Project, East Arkansas Enterprise Community, American Cancer Society, Woodruff Electric Cooperative Corporation, Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, City of Forrest City, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Cooperative Extension of Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Minority Sub- recipient Grant Office and Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,200 students and 660 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.