Hoping for a Cure to help Region 8 women and men gain access to health care

Hoping for a Cure to help Region 8 women and men gain access to health care

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A bucket brigade of women wearing pink t-shirts with hot pink boas around their necks will be standing at Highland and Caraway Friday to bring awareness to the importance of early detection when it comes to breast cancer and prostate cancer.

"Eight-five percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history," Susan Christian, coordinator of the event, said. "Just because it may not be in your family, don't put it off."

The sixth annual Hope for a Cure event features free mammogram vouchers for the first 50 registrants.

For the men, there are free prostate cancer screenings at NEA Baptist for the first 20 registrants.

The event is sponsored by Ritter Communications, NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation, East Arkansas Broadcasters and KAIT.

It features giveaways like a $100 Visa gift card.

The event will take place in the Pier One parking lot.

To be eligible for a free mammogram, the recipient must have a primary care physician, or a physician will be assigned to those who do not have one.

They must be at least 40 years old, uninsured, have no unusual breast symptoms or prior history of breast cancer.

To get a prostate exam voucher, the man must be between the ages of 50 and 70 years old and have not received a prostate screening or seen a urologist within the past six months.

Blood will be drawn on-site and physical exam will be performed at a clinic location.

Hoping for a Cure is a part of Hope Week, an event sponsored by NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation.

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