Northeast Arkansas Peer Network Meeting Thursday, May 3, 20126:00pm â€“ 7:30pm UAMS Center on Aging Northeast 303 East Matthews Jonesboro, Arkansas Questions? Call us at (501) 379-8027 or toll-free at 1-800-338-1383. ***This week we will be joined by Joe Branch, LPC. Joe is the Clinical Supervisor for Families, Inc. He will discuss coping with a prostate cancer diagnosis, as well as how to keep the lines of communication open in a family facing prostate cancer.
Why Peer Network?The APCF Peer Network provides a safe and confidential environment for you to talk freely about your experiences as you progress through stages of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. You can communicate your concerns, questions, knowledge, and experience and gain valuable insight from others survivors*. You may even find yourself laughing at humor that only fellow survivors would appreciate! If the meeting setting isnâ€™t for you, consider a one-on-one, confidential conversation with a Survivor-Mentor. A Survivor-Mentor is available by calling 1-800-338-1383. *APCF defines a survivor as anyone who is battling cancer â€“ the person, partner, friend, caregiver and/or extended family. About the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, an independent public charity, was founded by six prostate cancer survivors and an advisory committee of physicians in February 2000. The Foundationâ€™s mission is to promote awareness, encourage timely detection and support improved treatment of prostate cancer in Arkansas. The Foundation sponsors free prostate cancer screenings at sites throughout the state and provides support through the Peer Network, which consists of survivors and survivor-mentors. For more information, visit www.arprostatecancer.org or call 1-800-338-1383. About Prostate Cancer- Prostate Cancer is diagnosed every two minutes in the United States. In Arkansas, approximately 2,000 men are told they have prostate cancer each year, and more than 300 die from the disease. In fact, more Arkansas men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer. A manâ€™s chance of surviving the disease is 99 percent with timely diagnosis and treatment. All men over the age of 40, especially those who are African American or who have a family history of the disease, should establish a baseline prostate specific antigen (PSA) score. Equally as important as the actual score is whether the number is going up and by how much. This is known as PSA velocity and can indicate an aggressive cancer.