Many of the men in my family have had prostate cancer. My cousins, and my own dad. I remember it vividly because my first nephew was very young at the time my father was going through his protocol, and because they had put radioactive seeds in him, he could not hold my nephew, his first grandson, on his lap. Luckily that was not an issue for my dad and my son when my big son above was a little baby!
This is why I am tested all the time, on a regular basis. And I do not assume it is being done, I ask my doctor specifically when I am due for the test. My PSA numbers were high at one time and I went for a biopsy, and it was fine, thank goodness. All men need to be tested regularly, and all their spouses and caregivers need to keep reminding them to do so, this disease is far too common (see infographic at bottom of post for more info).
One of my cousins has not been as lucky. He could have used this Prolaris test to navigate his prostate cancer, but it was not available back then. He will never fully recover from the operations he had to remove his cancer, which might have been treated earlier if the doctors had his Prolaris test results to better guide their treatments:
Prolaris prostate cancer testing provides a new measure of the aggressiveness of an individual’s prostate cancer. Getting a “Prolaris Score” will give both the patient and the physician additional information about the true nature of the cancer that no other test can.
Typically women are the caregivers, like my mom (pictured above), who keeps detailed records on her health, and my dad’s:
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make 80 percent of health care decisions in the United States. And because women are the main medical decision makers, primary care teams know conversations with women can have a significant impact on the health of the entire family. Upwards of 75% of all caregivers are female, and may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than males. [Institute on Aging. (2016). Read How IOA Views Aging in America.]
This article is geared for the female caregivers in the audience, and the males like me, in a same sex relationship, who are constantly reminding their spouses to go to the doctor (in fact, I just emailed him a reminder!). As I said above, I make sure I am checked every year, prostate cancer is a risk for all men, especially those with a history of the illness in their family like myself.
This article is for the moms. This article is for the co-husbands. This article is for the sisters, and this article is for the daughters out there who are also taking care of their aging parents. My next door neighbor is in his mid 80’s and his two daughters take turns making sure he is getting the proper care he needs (they are the sweetest ladies, I am so glad they are often in my building!).
Prolaris prostate cancer testing provides a new measure of the aggressiveness of an individual’s prostate cancer. Getting a Prolaris Score™ will give both the patient and physician additional information about the true nature of the cancer that no other test can. You should talk to your healthcare provider about whether or not the Prolaris test is right for you and learn more about Prolaris here. I wish for my cousin’s sake this had been available a few years ago to aid him in his treatment so that he would not be dealing with repercussions to this day from his bout with prostate cancer.
Mom’s (and some of the dads like me) generally have many titles, perhaps the most important of which is CMO: Chief Medical Officer of their household. They’re stocking the medicine cabinet, dragging out the humidifier, reminding kids “don’t scratch that”, throwing a quick multivitamin at anyone they can, and harassing their loved ones to get to the doctor. But sometimes it takes a bribe. So here is a BRIBE FOR BOTH PARTNERS: you and the man in your life – a $2,000 Grand Prize up for grabs. $1000 for you, and $1000 for that man that you keep having to remind to be mindful of his health. Of course, for my same sex married dads, you are both eligible for this giveaway, and should both be getting tested!
To enter to win, just submit his email address and yours. You’ll be entered to win. He’ll receive three short emails. (They promise, only three.) These emails will include information and reminders to help him stay on top of his prostate health. To sweeten the deal, they have a whole bundle of prizes for runners up, including a Traeger Grill (Pro Series 34 Pellet Grill), Yeti Tundra Haul Cooler, and five winners will each get a $100 Amazon.com gift card!
Winners will be selected using Random.org so get going! They’ve even included a few ways for you to get extra entries!
Check out the two video links below for more:
-From a Nebraska TV station—the news anchor Carol Staab and her husband had an important experience with Prolaris and unexpectedly shared that during the newscast.
-From a Memphis TV station—“This [Prolaris test] could really be a game changer for folks with prostate cancer” quote from Amy Speropoulos, News Anchor.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Prolaris. All opinions are 100% my own.