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Free prostrate screenings offered today

Arkansas Urology, Baptist Health and the Arkansas Health Connector will celebrate National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with the ninth annual Kickoff to Men’s Health today from 5-8 p.m. The event will offer men the opportunity to receive a potentially lifesaving preventive screening at Arkansas Urology’s North Little Rock campus, located at 4200 Stockton Drive.

Men who have never had a prostate screening can register to receive a free screening at the event. To schedule a prostate screening appointment, please call 219-8900. Those who qualify for the screening include:

• Men 50 and older;

• Men 40 and older with a family history of prostate; cancer

• Men 40 and older of African-American or Hispanic descent;

Screening results will be mailed to participants.

At last year’s event, a total of 376 men were screened for prostate cancer. Of those, 20 were found to have elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels and/or abnormal physical exams, and 152 others tested positive for BPH (enlarged prostate that causes painful and annoying symptoms). These men have been encouraged to schedule follow-up appointments with their primary-care physicians or urologists.

“Arkansas Urology is dedicated to hosting an annual screening event that will have a positive impact on men’s health outcomes in central Arkansas,” said Dr. Ron Kuhn, lead urologist at Arkansas Urology’s North Little Rock campus. “By offering a free screening to those who have never had one, we hope to reduce this number and improve the health and well-being of men in our community.”

Kickoff to Men’s Health is presented by Arkansas Urology, Baptist Health and the Arkansas Health Connector. For more information about this year’s screening event, visit ArkansasUrology.com.

Arkansas Urology, the largest urology practice in Arkansas, continues to offer the latest innovations in medical technology and surgical techniques to patients with a variety of urological conditions. The clinic’s physicians and professional staff comprise one of the most experienced and respected urological practices in the region. Approximately 32,500 patients visit Arkansas Urology each year to receive the best in compassionate, quality care. Arkansas Urology also treats patients at satellite offices in North Little Rock, Benton, Clinton, El Dorado, Heber Springs, Magnolia and Russellville.

Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system. With more than 175 points of access • including major medical centers, family clinics, and therapy and wellness centers • Baptist Health is committed to delivering “All Our Best” in healthcare to the people of Arkansas. For more information, call Baptist Health HealthLine at B-A-P-T-I-S-T (227-8478) or visit baptist-health.com.

About Arkansas Health Connector

The Arkansas Health Connector, the state’s guide to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a tool for users. The Marketplace is where individuals, families and small employers can compare private health insurance plans and shop for coverage.

Under the ACA, about 500,000 Arkansans will be eligible for private insurance that must cover federally mandated health benefits ranging from inpatient and outpatient services to prescription services and maternity care. The new law also provides financial assistance, based on income, that will help residents purchase health insurance. In some cases, the financial assistance could cover the entire cost of the insurance.

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