Hopkins Park Mayor Mark Hodge encourages prostate cancer screenings, which he says promptly arrested his cancer for treatment.
He lets people know Presence St. Mary's Hospital offers free prostate cancer screenings from 2pm to 5pm. September 20 at 500 W. Court St., Kankakee
"I want to educate my community and beyond," Hodge said in an email to the Daily Journal. "I knew that the likelihood of having prostate cancer was very high because my father and my other brother had it, and I have been following my prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, since my early 40s."
"In My PSA began to rise in my late forties, but was not considered dangerously high. At age 54, I skipped tests. The following year I was reminded to test when I saw the free screening flyer of Presence St. Mary. I encouraged others to test and took the test myself. I was informed shortly that my results for the big C, Cancer, were positive.
The results of a biopsy showed that he had an aggressive form of cancer, but was caught in time, Hodge said.
He said he was afraid and he had different opinions.
"Why am I with has gone public to such a personal health problem? Education is the key. If you get prostate cancer, it's not a death sentence if you catch it early, and the same for colon cancer. If I had not known my brother and dad had it, maybe I was not as scrupulous about testing as I was. As a result, I'll undergo a robotic procedure to treat my illness, "said the mayor.
African Americans in particular suffer from prostate cancer at higher rates, but they are least likely to be treated 1
Presence Medical Group urologist Dr. Kent Frye will perform the screenings with Dr. Bipin Bhayani.
" Unfortunately prostate cancer is a silent disease and it does not. "t have any signs or symptoms, so you must be vigilant to find it," said Frye in a statement. "Being proactive in discussing the health of the prostate with your family doctor and regular screenings is so important to detect any signs of prostate."
"Some men might be familiar with benign enlargement symptoms, including a slow current, or Frequent urination, but prostate cancer detection includes physical exams, PSA blood tests and the use of ultrasound technology. It's one of the most common cancers in men, but the good news is that men who are diagnosed early have a better chance of getting them beaten. That's why we want to make sure that we get this disease as early as possible.
Hospital spokesman Chris Zurales said he appreciated Hodge's help in getting the word out.
"Our prostate screening event was one of our most successful initiatives over the years," said Zurales Screening is fast, easy, painless and lifesaving. We encourage everyone to talk to their loved one today about the importance of this screening. "