Month 94 – Educate Yourself

prostate-awareness-350It’s once again Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and my message to men (and their partners) out there is a simple one: Educate yourself.

Educate yourself about the debate over PSA testing and whether it may be right for you. Educate yourself about the risk of getting prostate cancer given your family history. Educate yourself about how prostate cancer behaves, either aggressively or not so much. Educate yourself about the various treatment options that are out there along with their risks, potential side effects, and potential success rates. Educate yourself about the terminology used in discussing prostate cancer.

Most important, educate yourself on all of these things before you may ever be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

You’ll be better equipped to move forward should you be unfortunate enough to be diagnosed if you’ve learned about this insidious disease that’s more complex than most people give it credit.


On a related note, if you are diagnosed with prostate cancer, expect to be surprised at who is and who isn’t there to support you along the way.

It’s been interesting to me to see how some of my best support for dealing with prostate cancer has come from readers of this blog from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, various states in the U.S., or the United Kingdom. For that, I am truly grateful and want to simply say, “Thank you!”

3 thoughts on “Month 94 – Educate Yourself

  1. What Dan said. It can hit at any age and getting in early will give you a baseline and in the unlikely event that you do have it, or get it, the earlier the better chance of a quick recovery. I’m one of the ‘lucky’ ones. I’ve been in remission now for 16 months. The most insidious thing about it is that chances are if you don’t get tested and don’t find out until you have symptoms, it could cost you your life. The only way I found out was through PSA tests. They saved my life. I had no symptoms at all but I did have 5 tumors. I so appreciate you sharing your journey Dan! I can now count 19 men who got tested because of my story (that I know of) I’m sure you are way ahead of that.

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    1. Thanks, Luigi! I know of a few guys who have been tested as a result of my experience, and that makes keeping this story going worth it.

      So glad that you’re in remission and hope that you are for a very long time. —Dan

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