Before men can take control of their prostate health, they first need to be aware of their risk. The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation\\\'s awareness campaign uses an array of media platforms to get the message out that prostate cancer is a problem in Arkansas and timely detection is a critical step towards the solution.
The APCF\\\'s awareness efforts include:
Our 31-foot mobile screening unit has a private exam room for men to have a digital rectal exam (DRE) and all the necessities to draw blood and preserve it until taken to the lab for analysis. Through a Corporate Partnership with Baptist Health, the Foundation receives the medical supplies and lab expertise necessary to screen men in Arkansas. Click here for a calendar of free education and screening events.
This service is provided free to men who do not have a diagnosis of prostate cancer and are between ages 40 and 75. African-American men and men with a family history of the disease are eligible to begin screening at age 35.
The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation\\\'s Patient Navigator can connect you to the resources you need so you can make the right decisions for your situation and diagnosis.
In addition, the APCF\\\'s Peer Network meets monthly in four locations across the state: Ft. Smith, Jonesboro, Springdale and Little Rock. The Peer Network is a group of men and women who are either newly diagnosed or post-treatment. The meetings are an excellent opportunity to listen to others\\\' concerns and gather information about treatments and possible side effects.
The Foundation also provides one-on-one care with its Survivor-Mentor program. Survivor-Mentors are men and women who are post-treatment and are specially trained by the APCF to answer questions and offer guidance for newly diagnosed men and loved ones. Survivor-Mentors are available 7 days a week. For more information, please contact the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation.
For men and loved ones who are newly diagnosed, you can order a prostate cancer New Patient Kit from the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation. New Patient Kits are prepared in 3 literacy levels and in Spanish. As with all of our information and services, the New Patient Kit is provided free of charge and can be ordered here.
APCF provides professional education to healthcare providers regarding prostate cancer topics such as screening and treatment guidelines, informed decision-making, technology updates and decision support tools.