Thanks Doc, I Needed That
Now March is over and most people think of the month of March as that time of year for first day of spring or the month to turn the clocks ahead. However for a wacko like me, I know that March is the official Colo-rectal Exam month. Ah yes, the snap of the glove, the chill of the KY jelly. It’s always a high point of my annual physical. I always make an editorial comment like: “Hey Doc, if you looking for the keys to my ’59 Chevy, I found them years ago.” Or “Thanks Doc, but my tonsils are fine!…No really.” However prostate cancer is no laughing matter.
I am 66 years young and I lost my Dad to prostate CA over thirty years ago. There have been a few rough patches that I could have used his advice and more importantly there have been tons of great times he never got to share in. He worked hard and retired at age 65. He passed away at age 66. Knowing that family health history is a key element in my personal future, I am doing everything reasonable to stay ahead of this prominent form of cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men. Over 130,000 men are diagnosed with it annually and about 30,000 men will die from it. The cancer tends to grow slowly and there are often no outward signs early on. Therefore being proactive is the key.
If you are over age 45, you need to get a digital rectal exam done and complete a blood test called prostate specific antigen (PSA) as part of your annual physical. The trick is that you need to track your test results year to year. The PSA blood test results are not ‘positive’ or ‘negative’. The test gives you a numerical score and if that number starts to increase over time, you need to be checked by a urologist.
The future of your good health may depend on it. The life you save may be your own.