AL Fails Prostate Report Card

In a national report card, Alabama failed a test that deals with ways to fight prostate cancer.

The national prostate cancer coalition says Alabama, along with Arkansas, Idaho, and Mississippi, does not have laws in place to force insurance companies to cover prostate exams.

Therefore screening rates are low, and mortality rates are high.

Dothan cancer specialist, Dr. Steve Stokes says the findings are no surprise.

Now he along with the southeast cancer center screening program is asking for $1.5 million in federal funding.

The funding will be used to obtain a mobile screening truck.

Connecticut is the only state to rank in the top 10 highest screening rates and lowest death rates.