Oklahoma health officials emphasize prostate cancer screenings

Oklahoma health officials are spreading the importance of early detections for prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society has stated that one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. They expect 35,000 American men to die from it this year alone. prostate cancer, but never really thought about it when it came to his own health until OU Health hosted a men’s health summit at his church. Her PSA test came back and showed signs that something was wrong. After further tests, he discovered he had prostate cancer. After completing five treatments in the fall, Goodrich is doing well. In an interview with OU Health, he said that without taking that first scary leap and getting tested, he doesn’t know where he would be today. “A lot of men my age, especially me. I don’t think about cancer, if I go, I go. But when I heard it and found out I had it, I wasn’t ready to go. I encourage any men who listen to me that it’s better to know than not to know because like my situation, if I hadn’t moved to get tested, I wouldn’t wouldn’t have caught it as soon as I did, so I’m grateful and blessed to be able to sit here today,” Goodrich said. KOCO 5 spoke with his doctor, Dr. Kelly Stratton, who said the pandemic has had a huge impact on the number of men seeking early detection. “We have seen the number of prostate cancer cases go down. We don’t think that means we’re preventing prostate cancer from happening, we think fewer men are getting tested, fewer men are finding prostate cancer that can be easily treated and so the concern is as big as we look to the future, there will be men who may have missed an opportunity to seek treatment at an earlier stage,” Stratton said. KOCO 5 asked him if he would say that early detection saves lives. “Cancers that are detected earlier may be easier to treat and may reduce the impact of prostate cancer later in life,” Stratton said. Goodrich is just following his doctors. He continues to encourage men, especially those at high risk, such as African American men and those with a family history, to get tested early.

Oklahoma health officials are spreading the importance of early detections for prostate cancer.

The American Cancer Society has stated that one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. They expect 35,000 American men to die from it this year alone.

These statistics explain why OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center is hosting community outreach events for men, hoping to spread awareness about the importance of early screenings.

Herbert Goodrich knew his older brother had prostate cancer, but he never really thought about it when it came to his own health until OU Health hosted a men’s health summit at his church. .

Wanting to set a good example for fellow church members, Goodrich got screened for prostate cancer. Her PSA test came back and showed signs that something was wrong.

After further tests, he discovered he had prostate cancer.

After completing five treatments in the fall, Goodrich is doing well. In an interview with OU Health, he said that without taking that scary first leap and getting tested, he doesn’t know where he would be today.

“A lot of men my age, especially me. I was one of them, saying I don’t think about cancer, if I go, I go. But when I heard it and that I knew I had it, I wasn’t ready to go. I would encourage any men who just listen to me that it’s better to know than not to know because, like in my situation, if hadn’t moved to get tested, I wouldn’t have caught it as soon as I did, so I’m grateful and blessed to be able to sit here today,” Goodrich said.

KOCO 5 spoke with his doctor, Dr Kelly Stratton, who said the pandemic has had a huge impact on the number of men seeking early testing.

“We’ve seen the number of prostate cancer cases go down. We don’t think that means we’re stopping prostate cancer from happening, we think fewer men are getting tested, fewer men are finding out. prostate cancer that can be easily treated and therefore the concern is that as we look to the future there will be men who may have missed an opportunity to seek treatment at an earlier stage” , said Stratton.

KOCO 5 asked him if he would say that early detection saves lives.

“Cancers detected earlier may be easier to treat and may reduce the impact of prostate cancer later in life,” Stratton said.

Goodrich is just following his doctors. He continues to encourage men, especially those at high risk, such as African American men and those with a family history, to get tested early.

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