Real men get tested

Is that what the commercial says? Since tomorrow is MLK day and the stock markets are closed I decided to comment on a personal problem but one that affects 1000’s of men every year, Prostrate Cancer.

Yeah, I recently found out I have prostrate cancer, again. What really sucks is that this will be my second bout with it so I’m not sure what to expect. I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer in 2007 and went through external radiation therapy. I had 45 treatments over a 9 week period and it killed the cancer. But I knew there was always a chance of it returning and it has. So now I have fewer options for treatment but I will be getting shots that should keep the cancer from spreading for a few years at least.

You can definitely say it is a family tradition too. My father died of prostrate cancer in 1997, he was 75 years old. Just a couple years ago my oldest brother, Kenny, found out he had it and he went through the radiation therapy. So far he is still cancer free. Today I talked to one of my younger brothers, Jim and found out his PSA is up to 10.8 but he doesn’t have cancer. I have to be a pessimist but I said, not yet. He probably has prostatisis but his Doctor doesn’t seem to know what the problem is. With numbers that high I’m sure it is just a matter of time and he will have cancer. And I have one more brother, Tim, him and Jim are twins. I think it was about a year ago that Tim said he had prostrate cancer. Well I don’t know what was up with that but not longer afterwards he stated that the cancer was gone or had gone away. Lucky Tim! LOL

Anyway, that’s why I say real men get checked. If you are a older man, 40 or so, you best be getting checked regularly. Prostrate cancer can be treated and is not a death sentence if it is detected in the early stages. And even though this is my second time around fighting it I fully expect to live for several more years thank to the drugs and other treatments that are available. I will be getting shot of Enzalutamide along with shots of Leuprolide which focus on lowering the amount of testosterone that your body produces. Testosterone is basically what the cancer feeds on so by starving the cancer you can keep it from growing and spreading. Sounds good to me! And it definitely sounds like a better alternative to being castrated, you can go that route if you would rather not get the shots. Not for me! Also, you can have your prostrate removed. Once again, not for me! One of the bad side effects is incontinence and I’m not into wearing Depends, not for me!!

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