September 10, 2008

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute to Offer Free Prostate Cancer Screening Sept. 19

LITTLE ROCK — The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will offer free prostate cancer screenings from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 19. The screenings will be held on the sixth floor of the Cancer Institute on the UAMS campus.


All men ages 50-75 are eligible for the free screening. African-American men and those with a family history of prostate cancer are eligible beginning at age 40.


Men are asked to register by calling (501) 296-1508 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept.10-18. Free parking is available in the Outpatient Center parking deck on the corner of Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue.


According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men, after skin cancer. It is estimated that more than 186,320 American men will be diagnosed with the disease this year.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit