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LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas Urology) - Arkansas Urology, St. Vincent and the Arkansas Health Connector will usher in National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with the ninth annual Kickoff to Men's Health on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5-8 p.m. The event will offer men the opportunity to receive a potentially lifesaving preventive screening at Arkansas Urology's Little Rock campus, located at 1300 Centerview 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 501-219-8900. 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. Tim Langford, president of Arkansas Urology. "By offering free screenings, we hope to help prevent losing another Arkansan to prostate cancer."

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

About Arkansas Urology
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.

About St. Vincent
St. Vincent Health System, founded in 1888, is one of Arkansas' leading health systems. St. Vincent Infirmary, an acute-care facility licensed for 619 beds and located in Little Rock, serves as the hub of the health system. Other St. Vincent hospitals include St. Vincent North in Sherwood, licensed for 69 beds; and St. Vincent in Morrilton, a critical-access hospital licensed for 25 beds in Conway County. The system also includes a statewide network of primary-care clinics, heart clinics, home health agency and affiliations with more than 650 physicians. St. Vincent is part of Catholic Health Initiatives a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals, 40 long-term care and assisted- and residential-living facilities, two community health services organizations, and home health agencies.

About Arkansas Health Connector
The Arkansas Health Connector (AHC) was created in response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The goal of the federal law is to ensure that Americans have access to affordable, quality health insurance beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Through AHC residents can access the Health Insurance Marketplace to shop for and purchase private-carrier plans that cover essential health benefits. Through the Marketplace, many Arkansans - based on household income and family size - will qualify for a premium tax credit that will pay some or all of their health insurance premiums. Enrollment begins Oct. 1.

(Source: Arkansas Urology)

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