Another screening come and gone…

I had a great time on Saturday morning, November 2, at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. According to Tim Upshaw, Methodist Hospital’s manager of the Prostate Screening Program, there was a considerably larger turnout compared to last year. I know I had a great time talking to more guys this go around. They had lots of questions and I was blessed and excited to be able to answer them. I was able to speak to all of the men just before the screening to let them know I’m here for 2 reasons: one, because of the grace and mercy of God, and two, for all of them, so I can spread the word about getting screened and walk with those who test positive! There was even one brother there who recently tested positive and is having surgery first of December. He’s jumping on it! That’s what counts!

Speaking with Tim, he informed me there was a guy he’s been working with who has a PSA of 110! And I believe he said with no symptoms! Ok, when I heard that my thought was, “Wow. I’m still learning new stuff about this.” He also told me about another brother who started with a PSA of 15. He didn’t do anything about it, got screened again a year later and his PSA jumped up to 30-something. He still didn’t do anything about it and now it’s in the 60s! What’s the deal??? Not sure why he’s persistent to get screened but not as aggressive about getting the surgery. Tim said he made the move to get treated, but could have avoided the high possibility of it spreading to the rest of his body by treating it at 15. Early detection also means getting it treated without other procedures that wear you down physically and cost way more money. I was blessed to not have to undergo radiation. I get chills every time I consider that. I’m not deserving of such mercy.

Guys, this is nothing to play with. Frequent screenings is so vital for us. This pertains to both screening procedures – the PSA and the dreaded digital rectal exam (finger). Now, that’s the one guys hate to mention, let alone experience. Yes, it is uncomfortable, but it only lasts up to 10 seconds. Some guys think with the blood test there should be no need for the DRE. To clear the air on that, I know one guy who’s PSA was a 2 (normal), but while doing the digital exam, his doctor felt an abnormal lump on his prostate. He had a biopsy and turned out he test positive. By the grace of God he’s a survivor!

Again, brothers, please don’t neglect the opportunity to get screened as soon as possible, and get it done every year. Please ignore the negative talk about the inaccuracies of prostate screenings. While there may be false positives (meaning infections or just enlarged prostates that come with age), screenings are still extremely instrumental in finding out if you have prostate cancer or not and allows each of us to get the proper treatment with early detection. I’m a living witness to that!

First time here? Be sure to read my story at the Chronicle.

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