Imagine if you saw in the newspaper that one out of six Toyota owners had a car that would kill them if they didn’t have service work on a defective part. What would you do upon hearing that?
Of course you would call your dealer to find out if you are the one in six.
Well, call on the Creator or your Urologist. One in six males will get prostate cancer; one in four males will get prostate cancer in African American males.
If this was Toyota and they recalled their vehicles to repair or replace the prostate part, it would be no problem and you’re bet that you’d have it fixed before you’d end up as another casualty. ♦
The same should be true of the male prostate. It’s a defective part and they’re all past warranty. But despite the statistics, most of us do denial. We simply think that it won’t happen to us and we pay no attention to our chances of being the one in six (or one in four). It may happen to older guys, “them,” but not me.
One in four (or one in six). Suppose you’re number is up. What year are you going to die? But suppose you could have it cured? Suppose they have a painless treatment that eradicates it and you don’t have months of pain and incontinence?
You can. You can have it cured but only if you have a urologist watch for it diligently. If you catch it before it grows out of your prostate and metastasizes out to a nearby lymph node, you can continue on with your long and happy life.
So why doesn’t the media have full page articles about its prevalence in our culture? Beats me, but that mystery is outside the scope of this writing.
I’m not a cancer specialist. All I hope to do is share a few things about my experience to save you some suffering on your end. I have prostate cancer and I’m involved in a successful treatment that will cure it. I’m enormously grateful that I am able to have the access to the state-of-the-art technology and the physicians and their teams that can cure it. I’m also saddened by the obvious fact that most people in the world do not have access to these resources.
I also have had two friends die from it because they believed it could never happen to them until it was too late for them to get it fixed. To me, that is tragic. It was tragic for all of us who loved them and had to watch them take months to die an unnecessary death.
So if you’ve read this far into this blog, perhaps you are interested. I will try to share the resources I’ve been fortunate to receive. You can beat this and for that reason, we all have reason for gratitude.