The need to know…

I’m discovering more and more men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Just recently, I’ve managed to speak to and get emails from at least 4 men in the last 14 days. I have a comment from a brother way down under in Australia who is a fellow survivor (read the comment on Not Just For September. I was very encouraged with his note. Then a week later I get an email from a brother who just had surgery all the way from Croatia. Man, this thing is global!

group-of-menI want to help as many brothers as I can. That means in any part of the world! There are way too many men who choose not to know (read about that one here) and because of that they may be walking around with prostate cancer that’s slowly growing and then as time progresses it begins to grow at an alarming rate attacking other parts of the body.

Men, as long as you are aggressive about getting screened and doing something about it, being told you have prostate cancer is not a death sentence. It’s only a death sentence if you either ignore getting screened, ignore the symptoms, or just simply do nothing about what you know. Let’s be honest – it’s scary to have a doctor tell you that you’ve tested positive. But, not knowing doesn’t make it go away! AND, getting treated doesn’t take away your manhood! That’s another issue that keeps men from screening and treatment. They’re afraid of getting their manhood taken away. Look, if you base your MANity on what’s in your crotch, you’re not a man anyway. You may as well walk on all fours and communicate with a bark.

Please, brothers! Get rid of your pride, overcome your fears, and as much as it is within you, save your life. Make an appointment with your doctor. Find a good urologist. Get screened. If you test positive, get treated. Then you can heal and help the next brother.

I have to add something I just heard this week that’s quite disturbing. If your insurance company doesn’t cover prostate screening, let them know how many men are getting diagnosed with it and some are even dying because of it. Ask them if they cover breast cancer for women. If they do, then tell them how prostate cancer for men is just like great cancer if for women, and that they shouldn’t deny anyone coverage for something so vital. Then, if you’re able, go shopping for a better insurance company. I know in this day and age that’s not easy, especially with new laws and such. Ask your physician or specialist about any special provisions for coverage and treatment if your insurance won’t help. Most (if not all) insurance companies are just out to make money anyway. They don’t want to cover if they have to pay quite a bit. It’s sad, but a reality. But, even with all that said, please, please, please do not let anything or anybody keep you from getting screened – not even yourself. Your life depends on it. If you have a family, they depend on you, too. Even if you are single, your life is valuable. No one is expendable.

Please read my story here and contact me if you have questions, need support, or if you’d like me to come and speak. Peace!

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3 thoughts on “The need to know…

  1. Steve, I encourage you to keep hitting it hard! I think you are right in that men tend to ignore symptoms hoping they will go away and the longer they wait the harsher the treatment and a greater chance that the cancer has spread.

    I heard on the radio that more men are diagnosed with prostate cancer than women with breast cancer. I couldn’t believe that so I looked it up. Yes, indeed, “In fact, a man is 35% more
    likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.” (http://www.pcf.org/site/c.leJRIROrEpH/b.5800851/k.645A/Prostate_Cancer_FAQs.htm) If the publicity was equally publicized for prostate cancer as for breast cancer . . . . I digress.

    Keep shouting the message! And I agree with you that with the current confusion over health insurance, many, both men and women, will let their symptoms go too long due to the intimidation and uncertainty of the present health care situation. This is too bad and so unnecessary; it will be interesting to read in a few years if deaths from cancer begin to rise. Let’s hope not . .

    Always,
    Cyndi Heath
    http://advocateofhope.wordpress.com

    • hey, cyndi! i’m trying to hit it as hard as i can!!! i will not/cannot stop! there’s just not enough awareness for this. thanks for your research. that is a very important fact. i’ll have to write a separate post for that one. thank you very, very much!!!

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