One in nine fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, partners, and friends will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, including 7,470 men in Pennsylvania this year alone.
This happend to a beloved, dear friend of ours and he would like to share his story. I’d like to add that Mike is a Orthopedic Physician Assistant at the Lebanon VA medical center and an avid athlete. He had no family history of Prostate cancer. Simply put, it can happen to anyone!
I was diagnosed in August of 2017 at the age of 55 after a routine physical with no signs or symptoms. 1st PSA in 3 years that was high and was told to retest in 6 weeks, which ended up higher than the initial test. I was sent for biopsies weeks later that revealed an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
In October of 2017, I had gotten my prostate removed and tested which showed my PSA was still elevated. About 3 months later, I went for a pet scan due to my high PSA test, they revealed cancer had metastasized to the upper pelvic lymph node. That led me to having radiation treatments for 2 months. Most family doctors do not order PSA blood tests yearly after 50 unless family history.
I am living proof that you must be checked every year after 50. I now receive hormone injections for over a year to prevent cancer from spreading. I am doing well now but I realized that since my diagnosis of cancer that it does not only affect me, but also my family and friends. Thank you Jimmy and Miranda for all you do!!
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