It Can Come When It’s Never Expected: Prostate Cancer

It was a normal day. My dad, Perry Williams, Jr. went to get the results for his complete physical exam.  That’s when he received the unexpected.  His doctor told him he had prostate cancer. It’s cancer of the the prostate gland, a part of the reproductive system that helps in semen production.  African-American men are more likely to get prostate cancer than any other male race, and they also have the highest death rate.  Opposite skin cancer, prostate cancer, is the most common cancer in American men.

This was a lot to take in when you woke up and everything was fine.  Everyone that needed to be informed were told.  The next step was to determine the course of treatment.  Tests were done to figure out exactly where the cancer was located.  This means whether it’s confined completely inside the prostate, or if it’s spread outside the prostate. In my dad’s case, it was inside the prostate. This was a good thing. It meant surgery was not needed. His doctor didn’t recommend it. Instead, he recommended radiation five days a week and hormonal injections. He has completed his radiation treatment and is still undergoing the hormonal injections.  Through it all, he’s remained positive every step of the way.  Support is very crucial.

In the blink of an eye things can change.  It’s very important to get check-ups and physical exams.  You can feel like everything is alright and still have something going on with your body.  Men, of all ages, please get your examinations because it’s better to know than not know.  Value your life. It’s very precious.

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