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Tony with his daughter, MarkleyTony with Daughter Markley Masraff Berg

Not a Diagnosis to Take Lightly

Although people find a degree of comfort in knowing that prostate cancer is considered a slow-growing cancer, it is not a diagnosis to take lightly.

If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, I urge you to do as I did and seek a second opinion. And if you’re still not completely satisfied that you have all the information you need, go ahead, by all means and seek out a third. Remember that there are options which may work better for you, than those recommended by your first-opinion doctor. Explore the options and make an informed decision.

It’s been my personal experience that doctors often disagree on effective treatments. Yet, there seems to be a pervasive focus right now on invasive, surgical approaches to prostate cancer treatment.

In my case, after thoroughly researching the treatment options available to me, carefully evaluating the often debilitating side effects associated with them and taking into account my age and lifestyle, I chose a course of action referred to as ‘watchful management’.

As it turns out, it was the right decision for me. We now believe that a large percentage of men with prostate cancer will die from something else, if they do nothing.

Let me share with you some of the powerful truths I’ve discovered, just within the population of the United States:

• One out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. That means that this year alone, one case of prostate cancer will be diagnosed every three minutes. That’s nearly 219,000 men who will be faced with the news before the year is over.

• One out of every thirty-five men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer will die from the disease. That is an average of one death every twenty minutes.

• Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in men.

• More than 70 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65. (Chances of developing prostate cancer increase in men over the age of 50. For those under the age of 50, it is quite rare.)

• By the age of 80, more than 50 percent of all men will develop some cancerous growth. In most cases, however, it goes unnoticed.

• If you are diagnosed with cancer, your son faces a 33% increased probability of receiving the same diagnosis. This is NOT the legacy I want to share!

As you know, at this point in time, doctors cannot offer a cure, but do present a variety of treatment options. I’d like to caution you that it’s often assumed that you’ll simply agree to invasive surgeries which have serious side-effects and are potentially debilitating. Seek a second opinion and make an informed decision.

Stop by this website often to learn the latest lab developments regarding the GLIPR1 protein therapy. Remember, your contributions fund the ongoing work of Research Scientists towards the cure for prostate cancer. I believe that we WILL see a non-invasive cure for prostate cancer in our lifetime.

 

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