Survivor Story: What Men Should Know About Prostate Cancer

Former NFL player Todd McMillon shares what men should know about prostate cancer

download (1)Todd McMillion was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was just 39 years old.

What saved him was knowing that he had a family history of prostate cancer, and getting regular PSA tests as a result.

What Todd wants you to know is that the PSA is a simple blood test. Most men have the image of a blue glove in their head when they think of a prostate cancer screening.

Todd is committed to sharing his story, to make sure that men know how important prostate cancer screening is. You are not alone.

In this video, Todd shares what he wants all men to know about prostate cancer.

Todd McMillon:  What men should know about prostate cancer is the PSA is just a simple blood test.  A lot of men don’t realize that.  They think lying on a table with the doctor with a rubber glove and I got a lot of e-mails from guys who asked those questions and I was replied back to them as you know it’s a blood test. 

This is not what you think, is because you have elevated PSA, it doesn’t mean you have prostate cancer, so we need to let people know that there are other factors that come into place when you have an elevated PSA, so if you do have elevated PSA, don’t think you know I got prostate cancer because that’s not the case.  There are so many different factors. 

Like I said, if it is not prostate cancer, it could be testicular cancer.  It could be many other things that you know as a man you need to get checked.  When I talked to guys, they never want to talk in a crowd.  Hey, it’s alright.  There is nothing to be afraid about.  This is my story.  This is what I went through and it’s not ended, if you have prostate cancer because it is one of the most curable cancers we have got and detected early.  It was the experience just to know that I was 39 I could die, I was 39 and I could possibly not seen my kids again and now I am on a other side trying to make people aware and make men aware of importance of getting tested. 

The importance of knowing you number, the importance of knowing your family history, the importance of speaking up and knowing if you feel anything that is okay, it doesn’t mean that you are weak if you have to go to the doctor and I think a lot of guys don’t realize by knowing your number is a simple blood test.  They think if I get my PSA checked, then it’s the whole invasive the finger that everybody dreads and that’s not the case.  That’s one of the things I am trying to help raise awareness for.

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