By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

DOTHAN, AL - Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer other than skin cancer in men in the United States. Early Detection is key to saving your life or the life of someone you know.

Sam Hathcock, a prostate cancer survivor says when he went in for his physical on his 55th Birthday, everything checked out fine except his prostate. He also admits that if he had yearly checkups, he could have avoided it.

According to Dr. Jarrod Adkison, a local Radiation Oncologist, early detection paired with the right treatment plan can greatly increase your chances of beating the disease. There are about 200,000 cases diagnosed each year and about 30,000 cases of death. Adkison says that someone who has very favorable risk disease, their cure rates could be on the rates of 85 to 90 percent or so with almost any of the treatment options that are available.

Adkison also states that “Getting in earlier does help diagnose the disease earlier” and early detection paired with the right treatment plan can greatly increase your chances of beating the disease.

The Prostate Specific Antigen or PSA test is usually used as the first step in the screening process and according to patients like Sam Hathcock is very simple. He says “They draw blood now, I’m in with the doctor five, ten minutes and I’m gone.”

Another Prostate Cancer survivor, James E. Poole of Dothan, has a message for all the men out there who haven’t been checked. He simply says “Do it. Get it done Just do it and you'll feel better and relieved by doing so.”

Free health screenings will be available at the Men’s Health Fair on Saturday, August 7th from 8:00am – 11:00am at the Northview High School Convocation Center.


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