You CAN Survive Prostate Cancer
Yes indeed, YOU CAN SURVIVE Prostate Cancer. Take your time in reading this piece completely and you will learn a thing or two that WILL SURELY help you survive this condition.
So… how to survive prostate cancer? Before we go into that, let’s first take a closer look at Prostate Cancer…
Prostate cancer can be called a disease by which the cancer develops within the prostate (which is a gland that is located in the reproductive system of the male). It usually occurs when the prostate cells mutate into several numbers and multiply, mostly out of control. These prostate cells can spread (mestastasize) away from the prostate to even other parts of the person’s body, particularly the lymph nodes and the bones.
No doubts about it, prostate cancer is no joke and should be handled with all seriousness. It may cause a lot of pain for the victim, especially when the victim is urinating. Most times the victim also has problems with sexual intercourse. Some victims have reported erectile dysfunction as other problems that come with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is mostly discovered by Prostate Specific Antigen screening (PSA for short). Although not commonly but it is also discovered by physical examination or other symptoms.
Prostate Cancer Is No Longer A Killer Disease If…
Here’s a good news about Prostate Cancer… no matter what everyone else tells you, it’s not so much of a killer disease as it used to be. Many people have survived prostate cancer and you can too. What’s most important about prostate cancer is for it to be detected in good time. When it’s detected in good time, your chances of surviving it are very high. That’s why it’s highly recommended that you ensure you always check out whether you have prostate cancer or not, instead of waiting for it to get too late. Yes, early detection helps a great deal.
But even if your prostate cancer isn’t detected in good time that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for you. There are cases of people who discovered their condition when it had advanced and they still survived it. If such people could survive prostate cancer, you CAN survive it too. That’s the first and most important thing you have to keep at the back of your mind. Never give up. No matter what anyone tells you, especially the doctors. You should always believe you CAN survive it and go on to look for ways to survive it. As they say – when there’s a WILL, there’s a WAY! This also applies very strongly to prostate cancer and its survival!
Popular Survivors Of Prostate Cancer
Like we have said, there have been many survivors of prostate cancer. But am sure this might be difficult for some people to believe because they don’t know who these survivors are. If you are one of such people who don’t want to believe that because they don’t know who the survivors are, keep reading. Below we provide you with names of some popular survivors of prostate cancer. You will definitely know one or all of them.
Robert De Niro
Even if you are not a movie fan, you definitely have heard of Robert De Niro. He is one of the popular survivors of this condition. He was diagnosed with this cancer in 2003. He didn’t come up publicly about this but it’s said that he survived it after undergoing a prostatectomy. So, you see? If he could survive this, you CAN survive it as well!
Even if you are not an African or a fan of Africans, you must have surely heard of Nelson Mandela of South Africa who spent the best part of his 27 years in prison yet came out and became the president of South Africa.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001 but survived it. The treatment he had for the condition was radiation therapy. And as you know he’s still alive and strong at almost 100 years as of today (he’s 93 years old, as at the time of writing this). Again, if he could survive this cancer, YOU CAN survive it as well. And why not?!
Whether you are a fan of sports or not, you may have heard of Joe Toree. He was the former celebrated manager of the New York Yankees. He was diagnosed with this condition in 1999. He survived it after undergoing prostatectomy prostate cancer treatment. We have said it before but it’s worth repeating – if he could survive it, YOU CAN survive it as well!
The popular former Mayor or New York is also one of the survivors of prostate cancer. He was diagnosed with the condition in 2000 and is still alive and strong as at the time of writing this. Again – if he could survive, why can’t you survive it too?
For the African Americans, Colin Powell’s diagnoses and survival should show that this condition is really not as much a killer disease as everyone else seems to be saying. Lots of African Americans that get diagnosed have survived and are living strong, healthy and long.
Colon Powell was the first African American ever to have served as Chief of Staff. He later became the Secretary of State under George W. Bush’s presidency. He underwent surgery in 2003 for prostate cancer and is alive and well today. We have said this now almost a million times on this website, but it’s worth repeating – if he could survive, YOU CAN survive this condition as well.
An African American also, Les Brown is one of the most popular motivational speakers in the United States. He is one of those that can be said to have gone through every single ups and downs you can imagine in life. Born and abandoned, he was adopted very early in life with his twin brother and went through extreme poverty while growing up. He survived it all and even survived a frustrating educational life where he was labelled as “educably mentally retarded”. He went on to become not only a popular DJ but also a member of the house of representatives.
After becoming a motivational speaker, his woes didn’t end there. He got a visit from prostate cancer and was told by his doctor after diagnosis that he had just a few years to live. He didn’t give up, of course. He fought with everything within him and was able to survive it. Again – if he could survive it, YOU CAN as well. He not only survived it, he has also helped lots of other people to survive this condition, including his close friends.
We can go on and on but the list is practically endless. There are so many popular celebrities who have survived this cancer as well as millions of unknown people. More people continue to survive it almost every single day. If they can survive, YOU CAN survive it as well.
How To Be One Of These Prostate Cancer Survivors
Early Detection Is Key
If you haven’t already been diagnosed with this condition, then the first and most important thing is to ensure it’s detected in good time. That means you should make it a habit of always going for yearly (or even twice yearly) tests from the age of 50. If you are African American or of African heritage, it’s recommended to start going for the tests as early as 40 or 45 years.
Even though there are debates lately that seem to say early tests are not necessary, we strongly think they are. Many survivors were able to survive the condition because their cancers were detected in good time. So, we strongly feel early detection is very important in helping you survive this cancer.
It’s also important to find out whether your dad, grand-dad, uncles, or other relatives have ever had the condition. As you may have heard, ones chances of contracting this condition are higher if one or more of his family members ever had it. If you fall into such situations, then it’s much more important to start being vigilant by going for the tests constantly and earlier.
You MUST be WILLING to survive
If you have been diagnosed with this condition already, all hopes are not lost…
We have also said this so many times on this website, but it’s worth repeating it – the single most important determinant to surviving this condition is to be WILLING to fight and survive! That’s critically important. In as much as the treatments can help, YOU own yourself a duty to be WILLING to fight.
You might think this is not important, but think again – many people lose the battle against prostate cancer because they give up too soon. They feel death is just around the corner because they have been diagnosed with the condition. Many doctors make the situation worse by giving victims a limited prognosis. But we have to tell you that others have also been given such prognosis but they survived it.
So, you should, first and foremost, be WILLING to fight and win against this cancer. When you have this WILL and DETERMINATION, you will set yourself up to defeat this condition. As they say – when there’s a WILL, there’s a WAY!
Learn As Much As You Can About This Condition
It’s also very important to arm yourself with as much information as you can about prostate cancer. As we have said on this website many times – ignorance is certainly not bliss… not with any health condition and certainly not with prostate cancer. What you don’t know can and will kill you.
This Prostate Cancer Victory website contains tons and tons of information on virtually every aspect of this condition to help keep you informed and educated on what you need to know. We have published over 1,000 high quality informative articles since late 2008. We also constantly update this website with latest trends and development on this condition on a daily basis. You will also find lots of other news articles, videos, etc of importance on this website.
Of course, apart from this website there are lots of other important websites you should visit to learn more about this condition.
Knowledge is important. Knowing all you can about this cancer will help you fight it. Of course talking to your doctor and asking as many of the questions that needs to be answered is of great importance. Don’t just take what your doctor tells you, though. Do your due diligence before you decide what to do.
Look for And Talk To Other Survivors
It’s very important to look for and surround yourself with other people who have survived this condition. As they say – birds of the same feathers flock together. Looking for and surrounding yourself with other people who have survived is going to help you a great deal.
Apart from strenghtening your belief that “if they could survive it, you CAN survive it as well”, you will be able to hear, firsthand, from the survivors what they did to survive it and what you can do as well. They will also be able to share critically important information with you that will help you go through the condition.
Keep visiting this Prostate Cancer Victory website to find such survivors. We are eventually adding a community on this website where lots of survivors can come and help other people with the right information, motivation, education, etc, needed to also survive this condition. You will be able not only communicate with such survivors but share thoughts, fears, etc with them. They will be able to share exactly what they went through with you and tell you exactly what and how they were able to survive the condition
Meanwhile, you should continue reading as many of the articles you can on this website that talk about the treatment options available to you, what you should do, the right questions to ask your doctor, etc. In other words, all you need to survive this condition can be found on this and other helpful prostate cancer websites.
Thankfully there are now very workable treatments for prostate cancer. Treatments that have the intent to cure prostate cancer are mostly surgery as well as radiation therapy. Other prostate cancer treatments include hormonal therapy, proton therapy, chemotherapy, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU for short) and cryosurgery, to mention a few.
There are lots of other articles on this website that provide you with helpful information on surviving prostate cancer, such as this - How You Can Survive Prostate Cancer With Right Fighting Spirit. Take your time to read this and the other articles on this site. Many are motivational, not just based on theory but also based on actual insights from people who have survived the condition.