Men should get checked for prostate cancer

Letter writer wants to publicly thank those who wished him well over the past six months

Dear Sir,

There have been so many expressions of concern and love given to myself and my wife over my health in the last 6 months that I have felt compelled to express our gratitude publicly. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January of this year and in February I had surgery to remove my prostate and the surrounding lymph nodes. It is our hope that this surgery will provide a cure, but only God knows.

I believe most men hardly even know they have a prostate. Prostate cancer is too common in men and it is successfully treated in most cases if caught early. It is one of the few cancers that has a chemical marker in the blood that can be measured with a simple test called a PSA. Once suspicion has been raised, biopsy can tell if there is cancer. These things are not difficult, but men tend not to discuss such matters with their doctor. I know there are quite a few wives who are going to read this and say to their husbands, “you’re going to get that checked!” Sorry Guys 🙁

While I have some challenges ahead to make sure they have removed all the cancer, there is no chemotherapy for me to undergo. I am feeling 100 per cent since the surgery and am back to work full time helping my animal patients.

I can’t believe how many people surrounded us with their love and prayers since my diagnosis. We have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of concern. After living and working in Terrace for 24 years, I guess you never know how many lives you have touched until you have such a challenge as we have. It is with sincere gratitude that I express my thanks to all who have shown myself and my family so much care.

Dr. Tom Sager

Skeena Animal Hospital, Terrace, B.C.


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