Upcoming Events

Wed Nov 26 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Fort Smith Support Group
Wed Dec 03 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
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Wed Dec 10 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Fort Smith Support Group
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DeQueen Screening
Wed Dec 17 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Fort Smith Support Group
Wed Dec 24 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
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What We Do

 

The Campaign Against Prostate Cancer

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.

Awareness

The APCF\\\'s awareness efforts include:

  • Media placements before every education and screening event across the state
  • Billboards placed statewide
  • Website with information regarding prostate cancer, screenings, overcoming barriers to care, decision support and emotional support
  • Promoting Foundation services through worksites, churches, civic organizations, clinics, hospitals and urology offices
  • Distribution of brochures, books and other materials
  • Annual petition to the Governor of Arkansas to declare September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
  • Special events
  • Public education - Education activities usually center on the risk of prostate cancer and the preventive measures that can be taken to promote a healthy lifestyle or timely diagnosis. Often, men are unsure what prostate cancer is or how a screening is administered. The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation is focused on informing men so they can make well-informed decisions about their prostate health while breaking through many of the taboos regarding prostate cancer screening and treatment.

Timely Detection

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.

Improved Treatment

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.

Our Corporate Partners

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