Up close and personal with Movember and Prostate Cancer

Today is an important anniversary for me. Ten years ago today I had surgery for prostate cancer. I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m still here to talk about it 10 years later.

I was lucky because my doctor had me take a PSA (prostate specific antigen) test while I was still in my 40s. I was younger than the average prostate cancer patient. But thanks to my doctor and the PSA test, my cancer was detected and treated at an early stage.

Prostate cancer is a scary thing for men. It threatens our self-identity. We don’t like to talk about it. And that’s not good.

Prostate cancer can be beaten. But to do this, men have to be less squeamish about talking about it. We need to talk to their doctors about the risk and have ourselves tested. We also need more research into better methods of detection and treatment for those who are diagnosed with prostate cancer.

That’s why I’m participating this year in the Movember campaign. Through the month of November, I’ll be joining thousands of other men growing a moustache to raise awareness of prostate cancer and to raise money to fund research into its detection and treatment.

I hope you’ll take a minute to think about whether you can make a contribution to overcoming this disease. Your contribution can take many forms. You could make a donation to defeat prostate cancer. Or you could participate yourself in growing a mustache for the Movember campaign. But you can also make a contribution simply by talking about prostate cancer and raising awareness that it can be tested for and treated.

With your help, there will be more men like me who can say, “I beat prostate cancer.”

  • John Peck

    Good work Joe! I’m at eight years and counting, thanks to early diagnosis through a PSA blood test. Men should start getting tested at 40. It’s important to get a baseline as doctors now know PSA will usually increase gradually, it’s spikes in that line that are warning flags.

    If your Ontario doctor tells you you have to pay for it, say that’s not true. Tests requested by a doc are covered under OHIP.

    • John, you are so right about the importance of the PSA test. It was a spike in my PSA levels that caused my doctor to send me for more tests. It’s such a simple test. I’d advise every man to aks for it.

  • Hi Joe

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. We’ve posted your video to the Movember Ottawa Facebook page, and tweeted it. Hopefully it will inspire some of the men out there to get tested.

    – Your MoBrothas and Sistas

  • Thanks for sharing your personal story, Joe. I have supported the Movember effort in a small way with a donation to a family friend’s campaign. I wish I could support all my friends who are growing ‘staches!