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Arkansas Gets Failing Grade for Policies on Prostate Cancer

MAY 23, 2006 - Posted at 7:57 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas has gotten a low mark from a national organization dedicated to fighting prostate cancer.  The Washington-based National Prostate Cancer Coalition gave Arkansas an overall grade of F.

The group said in a report released yesterday that the grade stems in part from the state's lack of a law requiring insurance companies to cover prostate cancer screenings.  The group said men over 50 should have a prostate exam annually but might skip the exams if insurance companies don't pay for them.

Julie Munsell, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health & Human Services, said Arkansas says men should talk with their doctor about having a screening for prostate cancer.  She said it's not clear that the traditional exam is effective.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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