September 11, 2009

UAMS to Offer Free Prostate Cancer Screening Sept. 18

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. 18.

The screenings will be held on the sixth floor of the Cancer Institute on the UAMS campus.

Appointments can be made beginning Sept. 14 by calling (501) 686-8333 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Parking is free in the Outpatient Center parking deck on the corner of Cedar Street and Capitol Avenue. Participants will need to bring their parking tickets to the screening for validation.

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.

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in American men, after skin cancer. 

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,652 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 the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 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. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.