First of all, I had a great time at the OCBF Men’s Conference this past Saturday. What a great opportunity to be available to spread the word about prostate cancer with over 2500 men present. Overall, I’d say I talked to about 20-25 guys. Hmmm… that’s actually a relatively low number for that many guys walking by under the same roof. So, yes, I had a good time, but I was a little disappointed, as well. I should’ve counted how many of them who walked by with glance at my table and just kept going. What is it with us men??? Do we not care about our health – especially with something that’s a major killer among us? Most of us think it’s something to be concerned about when we get older, like 50 and above. I’ve heard of some getting diagnosed at 35. I tested positive at age 41, so I’m a living example that this is nothing to ignore.
There was one guy who stopped just to see what I was handing out. He looked and then mumbled something like, “Oh. Nah…” and kept going. As he slowly walked away to look at the other tables, I said to him, “Hey, brother, please don’t take this lightly. This is very important information. I’m a survivor.” I then asked him, “How old are you?” He replied, “40.” I followed with, “I was 41!” He actually shook his head with another “Nah” and kept going. One brother was sitting next to me in shock at how he showed no concern at all about this important subject. That guy had to be one of those who likes to live by the old saying “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” So, let me ask a question: If you have cancer but ignore it, will it go away??? I was told that I tested positive for prostate cancer in October 2006. My PSA was 7.47, at age 41. What if I ignored that? What if I had never even gotten screened? Would it have disappeared and become nonexistent? Back then I had no symptoms. If I would’ve been like that guy, there would have been some serious symptoms and there’s a high possibility that I wouldn’t be here now. I know of guys who chose not to be proactive until it was too late and they are gone. One good friend of mine, after trying to take preventative measures years after his cancer had already metastasized, told me “I wish I would have done what you did.” He is gone.
So, brother, what will you do? Ignore what may have already begun the process of increasing your mortality? I’ve heard others say things like, “If you look for something hard enough you’ll find it.” Truthfully, along with prostate cancer, ignorance is a major killer among us men. It is because of the ignorance that most men choose to possess I have created a new campaign with the slogan… Prostate Cancer: What You Don’t Know Can Kill You. I can’t be light about this anymore. It’s way too serious.
But then there’s the brighter side. Be proactive and even if you test positive, the possibility of early detection can make a survivor out of anyone… like me!
I was excited when one other brother told me he’s so serious about getting checked that he has it done twice a year! I told him, “Good for you!” Need more brothers like this.
Well, hopefully those who did pick up my materials will peruse my site and get educated about getting screened – and get screened consistently. I also hope and pray that many of them will spread the word to other brothers they come in contact with so we can all individually and collectively help save lives!