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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

It’s September, so that means it’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM).

Lung cancer is non sexist, as it kills both sexes indiscriminately. Behind that for men, is Prostate Cancer. Behind lung cancer for women is breast cancer.

For men, due to increased awareness, increased testing, and earlier treatment, the five year survival rate 99%. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation  (PCF) 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer during their life times.

The good news is that with early treatment most forms of PC can be successfully treated.

Make sure you discuss Prostate Cancer Screening with your Primary Care Physician at your annual physical. You do get an annual physical, right? Screening doesn’t necessarily have to include a digital rectal exam. A Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test can also indicate that further screening is needed. Again, this should be discussed with your PCP.

You can, and should, donate to the PCF at the link above.

Women are far better at this sort of thing than we are. I’ve yet to see a woman, nor many men for that matter, wearing blue ribbons or wrist bands. Yet, each October the world seems to turn pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

It’s time for us to start taking care of ourselves. After all, the world needs healtht men.

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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.

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  1. You make some very good points. But I haven’t seen a doctor in decades. And after the things I’ve seen over the past couple of years, I’ll NEVER see a doctor again, for any reason other than a broken bone.
    At this point I’d literally rather die than trust the medical profession enough to get a checkup or run a test. Doesn’t mean I don’t have the highest respect for those who save lives, just means I’ve lost all trust.
    I don’t mind dying. But I do mind going through the insane rigamarole of masks and waiting rooms and paperwork and insurance companies and being probed and waiting for test results. That is NOT medicine.

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