Baptist Health-Fort Smith to Host Lunch-And-Learn on Prostate Cancer Risks

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer among men after skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

The risk of developing prostate cancer progressively increases with age and screening is suggested for men beginning in their 40s and 50s. There are also certain groups of men at higher risk – both for being diagnosed with, and dying from, prostate cancer.

In order to increase awareness about the disease, John D. Terrell, M.D., of Baptist Health Urology Clinic-Fort Smith will host a free lunch and learn from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Baptist Health Classroom on the first floor of Baptist Health-Fort Smith.

Dr. Terrell will discuss those who are at higher risk of developing the disease, screening tests, treatment options and symptoms of prostate cancer such as:

  • Frequent or difficulty with urination
  • Pressure or pain in the rectum
  • Pain or stiffness in the lower back, pelvis, hips or thighs
  • Sexual dysfunction

Early detection offers a better opportunity for successful treatment, and it may be necessary to work with your doctor to define a screening plan for prostate health. Start the conversation by attending this free event. To reserve a spot in the class, call Baptist HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or visit and click on “Register for a Class.”

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