Former NFL Player Todd McMillon Shares His Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Story

Todd McMillon shares what it was like to be diagnosed with prostate cancer

prostate cancer diagnosisFor a man who has just experienced a prostate cancer diagnosis, it always helps to hear from someone who has been there.

Todd McMillon, former defensive back for the Chicago Bears was just 39 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and what many of his family and friends didn’t know was he was getting tested regularly. After surviving prostate cancer, Todd understood the power his story had to inform men about early testing through simple PSA tests, and discovered how little men actually know about the disease.

He sees the need for a louder conversation about prostate cancer, and decided to start this conversation by sharing his own story.

Todd McMillon:  How are you doing?  My name is Todd McMillon.  I have been married for 11 years with my beautiful wife, Erin McMillon.  We have three kids.  I was an athlete in a Canadian Football League first for three years, 1997 through 1999, and then I play with Chicago Bears from 2000 to 2005.  In 2013, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and the reason I want to get my PSA checked is because I had a family history of prostate cancer. 

My father had prostate cancer and my uncle also had prostate cancer.  Even though I was 39, the doctors kind of told me it was no big deal.  I told them my family history.  He said you are too young and I said well you are going to test me any ways.  My PSA was elevated.  It was supposed to be 2.01 and lower and it came back at 2.6 and so what he instructed me to do was to come back six months later, we will retest.  June is when I had my testing done again and my PSA came back at 3.6 and that was a red flag. 

He gave me some recommendations of urologist to go visit.  I went to see Dr. Brito and so what he did, was once again scheduled my biopsy, so we went in there, we did the exam which was a tough exam.  If you never had a biopsy like that before, is really-really tough and it was painful.  I got my test results two days later from my biopsy that I have prostate cancer.  It changed my life.

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