November 3rd men’s screening recap

I had a great time at our men’s prostate screening on November 3. I’m always pumped about seeing more guys come out to get screened and the awesome opportunity to chat with many of them who have lots of questions about my story and their own health. Here are 4 pics from the event. Click on one to view them in a slideshow. Wish more brothers would jump on opportunities like this.

Speaking of which, I was a little disappointed with this event. There was a considerable drop in attendance this year as compared to last year (which I seriously plan to do something about next time, Lord willing). I believe it may have been because of it not being promoted enough. Men need to be prodded more to get themselves screened for something as serious as prostate cancer. I talked to one brother on Sunday who asked me if I was there. When I asked him if he was able to make it he hesitated to answer and followed up with the “I know, I know” reply. I talked to another brother who was getting his blood taken for the PSA at the screening, but was determined to not get the DRE done. The director of the prostate screening program at Methodist Hospital and I were requested to encourage him to take the next step. He told the guy that even if you have a low PSA, you can still have your urologist feel your prostate and detect something that may be cancerous, depending on where in the prostate the cancer is located and how it effects the texture of the prostate. I followed up with asking him if he would rather endure 5 seconds of shame and discomfort verses a lifetime of pain and even death??? He changed his tune and went to get it done (way to go, bro!). Guys, come on! Even though this FREE screening event is over till next year, there are many others being done by Methodist Hospital (if you live in Dallas) or just make an appointment soon. I’ve said it many times and I’ll say it again……..DON’T PUT IT OFF!!! Peace!

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