Nearly 192,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and over 33,000 die.
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In May of 2019, I noticed my urination pattern had changed. I didn’t think anything of it because I was turning 45 in September. I just assumed my prostate was enlarging. That happens to men as we get older. I let it go for a couple more months. Things weren’t improving.
As I noticed things were getting worse, my wife encouraged me to go to the doctor. I went to see the doctor and I told him my symptoms and he immediately said let’s check your PSA. We ran the tests and my doctor sent the results in. Three days later I got that dreaded call. "YOU MAY HAVE CANCER." You need to see a urologist immediately.
That next week I went in to see my urologist. We did a CT Scan and it showed I definitely had swelling of the prostate. We weren’t even sure then if it was cancer. That same day the doctor scheduled me an appointment to get a biopsy of the prostate.
I went to get my biopsy on a Monday. By the week’s end, I heard those awful words, "YOU HAVE CANCER, WE NEED TO GET YOU IN FOR SURGERY." A few weeks later I was on the surgery table. The healing process has been a journey of ups and downs. My hope is to raise awareness through my foundation, BraveMenInc, by gaining knowledge through our research and sharing this valuable information with the public. Prevention is key so let’s work together to end this terrible disease that is ravaging men’s bodies all around the world.
Prostate cancer occurs in a small gland in men that produces the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
Typically, prostate cancer grows slowly and is confined to the prostate gland, where it usually does not cause serious harm. However, some types may be aggressive and can spread quickly.
If detected early – when it's confined to the prostate gland – there is a much better chance of successful treatment.Learn more at Cancer.Net
There is a misleading myth that a man is going to die WITH not OF prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the United States. More than 33,000 men will die of prostate cancer this year. Which means that every 16 minutes an American dies from prostate cancer.
There is good news however, this number has dropped by more than half from its peak in 1992 as a result of early detection. Because prostate cancer sneaks up quietly causing little or no symptoms you have to actively look for it to find it in time. That means early detection is the KEY. So what does early detection look like. It is simply a yearly visit to the doctor requesting a PSA blood test and a physical examination of your prostate. Remember if you wait you could be to late.
Dr John Burgers
American Cancer Society recommended prostate cancer screening times
A surgeon removes the prostate through an incision in the wall of the abdomen. They may also remove nearby lymph nodes through the same incision to reduce the risk of cancer cells spreading.
A surgeon removes the prostate through an incision in the region between the testicles and anus. They might remove the lymph nodes, although through a separate incision in the abdominal wall.
This involves the surgeon making five or six incisions in the abdomen to remove the prostate. They perform this procedure by hand, using a camera and a lighted tube to guide them.
The surgeon uses a computer to control a robotic machine with four arms. They perform a laparoscopic procedure.