When my son was only 2 years old, we found out he had cancer. After an MRI came back revealing brain tumors, we were immediately referred to an oncologist for treatment. He has Neurofibromatosis, a disorder causing tumors to form, mainly in the brain before puberty. The oncologist recommended chemotherapy for Liam, so that's what we did and it saved his life. Thankfully, we caught the tumors soon after they formed and were able to get treatment quickly! We learned first-hand just how important it is to visit the doctor, stay up-to-date on screenings, and to stay informed about your health.
|My little buddy, Liam|
Since Liam's diagnosis, I've learned about several forms of cancer, including prostate cancer, a type of cancer that forms in the prostate, a gland only found in males. With over 1.2 million biopsies performed each year, 240,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 30,000 result in death, making prostate cancer the 2nd leading cause of cancer related death in the United States. It's scary to think about and something men tend to think of never happening to themselves. Over 2.5 million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors and early detection is very helpful with treatment, which is why Prolaris is an essential part of the treatment process.
What is Prolaris? It is a genetic test for prostate cancer combining traditional risk factors with molecular assessment. There are different forms of prostate cancer and Prolaris can provide a patient with unique information, helping not only determine the aggressiveness of the cancer, but also helping the patient make more informed treatment decisions.
I love my husband and want him around for a very long time, which is why I stay on him about his screenings and health. I know everyone has very busy lives, but it's worth the extra time to stay informed about your health, to learn about prostate cancer, and the treatment options available.
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Prolaris and Myriad Genetics via Global Influence. All opinions included are my own.