Today, I celebrate three years of being cancer-free. Through my experience, I’ve learned that beating cancer is a combination of things: good medicine, a good attitude, and good family and friends. These days I spend my free time serving as chairman of Emory’s Urology Board of Advisors, raising money for prostate cancer research and being a mentor and pal to cancer patients. It’s my way of saying “thank you” to the team of doctors, family, and friends that helped me along my cancer journey.
No man should die of prostate cancer. And yet about 30,000 men do die from the disease each year; it is the second leading cause of cancer death for men. This should not be the case. According to the American Cancer Society, every man over 50 should have a PSA each year. When the PSA number goes up or down, talk to your doctor. You may need additional tests. And if you have a family history of cancer like I did, you may need to begin screening earlier. That annual exam could save your life.
And if you are diagnosed, your life isn’t over. I tell new cancer patients not to get sad or down but I do tell them to get angry; then you can fight — and win — like I did.