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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-A public meeting is taking place to help tackle the issues surrounding prostate cancer.

A PEER Network meeting is taking place on Thursday evening at the Center on Aging Northeast in Jonesboro.

Community Outreach Coordinator for the Center on Aging Northeast, Deborah Lavins, says this meeting is for everyone.

"This is a group of prostate cancer survivors," Lavins said. "They're people in different stages of prostate cancer, even newly diagnosed. So, these people get together and talk about issues relating to the cancer."

This group is not only for the men.

Lavins says often the wives come, as well as friends and extended family members

"Occasionally they have speakers come in to talk about a variety of different things," Lavins commented. "Such as medication issues and proper diet for the best results from the treatments."

Lavins says it's important for people to talk about what they're going through.

Especially to someone who understands.

"Men often don't talk about their problems," Lavins said. "Women, as a group, we talk about our problems. But many times men don't and when they get together they find out many things that can help them to overcome the problems they're having with it. And they will often listen to one another when they won't listen to their wives for their doctors."

Lavins says PEER Network is more than just a means of support.

"It could almost be termed just a support group," Lavins said. "But they do so much more than just support one another and they do work together to get information to each other. It's a PEER Network. They network together to overcome their problems of prostate cancer."

The PEER Network meets once a month on the 1st Thursday of every month.

The meeting kicks of at 6 and will last until 7:30.

It's free and open to the public.

For additional information about the Center on Aging Northeast, log onto this website.

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