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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Annual V-day reminder in honor of my dad - please have your prostate checked

On February 14, 2006, my dad died from prostate cancer after a battle that lasted only a year from diagnosis. He was fifty-six years old. His death was even more difficult for me to understand because it could have been prevented if he had had his prostate checked regularly and the cancer had been found sooner.

Experts recommend that men receive annual screening for prostate cancer after age 40. I say, heck, start when you're 35. According to the American Cancer Society:
About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime ... Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About 1 man in 35 will die of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer accounts for about 10% of cancer-related deaths in men.

If you catch it early enough, your chances of being cured are excellent. If you don't catch it early ... well, that's why I write these reminders.

Please. If you're over 35, get checked. Please.
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