Sounding Like A Broken Record
We have heard repeatedly that early detection is the key for people with prostate cancer. I'm still a little surprised at the number of men over 50 who will not go get checked. I talked to one gentlemen who told me that when he feels bad that is when he will go to the doctor. I tried to explain to him that getting check early could prevent so much more down the road.
Early detection is key
My sons are in their early 40’s but won’t get checked. Their excuse is that they are fit and healthy. I tried to explain to them that their grandfather had two types of cancer, so it can run in the family. I keep sounding like a broken record and keep telling them that beating cancer is about early detection.
We hear a lot about early detection, but what about making the right life decisions? It's been drilled in us for so long to eat right and exercise. There might be something to this. Stop thinking this is an old man’s disease, younger men are being affected by this disease every day.
No time for regrets
Prostate cancer deaths have declined in the past few years. That's due to new treatments and men going to the doctor early to be tested. If you opt to be screened early, you would probably have a better chance of less invasive treatment and get better quicker. My father told me that he had the DRE exam, which is a digital rectal exam, for screening. He said it didn’t hurt a bit. Another option would be the PSA exam -- prostate-specific antigen, which is a blood test. Whatever one you decide on, just do it.
One of the things I hear every day is, "If I had known all this sooner, my whole treatment plan and life could be different." Gentlemen, you have all the knowledge and power to be well informed. Be your own advocate, go get checked, and have a list of questions to ask your doctor. My best advice would be to get a doctor that you trust and can confide in. You want to come up with the right treatment plan and best medical care. This will take time, self-discipline, and patience.
Thinking about the bigger picture
Men, we need you. We need you to realize you are not alone in this journey. Do you think you are the first one to go through this? No, you’re not. It’s going to be okay. I know you want to be strong and prideful and not show weakness, but we got you. Take control of this situation.
I am going to say it again that getting checked early is the key. You will be able to detect and probably prevent more damage. Do your research and find out what test is best for you in the early detection stage. You are all different and need different options. This depends on who has it in your family, how it will affect you and your current lifestyle.
Your doctor will explain all options to you and what to expect. Sometimes a change in lifestyle can be your best early treatment options. As with any type of cancer, educate yourself, stay informed and be your own best advocate for prostate cancer.
Have you taken the Prostate Cancer Recurrence Quiz yet?