Cancer Survivor: "Early Diagnosis is Key"

By: Tyler Helms
By: Tyler Helms

"So they did a biopsy, which they had done before and it came back ok, but this time they came back and said it was cancer," remembers Myles Frank.

Cancer is a word no one wants to hear, but so many people face. Myles Frank is one of the hundreds of thousands of men diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Shortly after hearing the news he began searching for treatment, elected for surgery, and has been cancer free for over a year.

Regardless of the treatment style it was an early diagnosis that was critical.

"I guess I way just lucky that I went to that screening and caught it in the stage they did. I had no chemo therapy, and no radiation after the operation," says Frank.

Myles received his early prognosis from a free screening at an area hospital. It’s an exam many men are reluctant to do , but a procedure doctors can't encourage enough.

"Unfortunately 40 percent of men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, unfortunately we find it in the late stages of the disease," says Dr. Mark Phillips, Urologist at Anderson Hospital.

That's why doctors encourage men 35 years and older to have PSA screenings, which examine irregularities in a portion produced by the prostate. In addition, they encourage yearly prostate exams, some PSA tests reveal nothing when in fact a problem does exist. And remember, like with most forms of cancer symptoms may not exist until it is too late.

"Prognosis is excellent if you catch it early enough," says Dr. Phillips.

Early detection that will allow Myles and many others to walk in Survivor's Lap at Lauderdale County's Relay for Life.

"Do something about it, find out what it is, picked what treatment you want, get it done and then live happily ever after," says Frank.

A fairy tale ending made possible by a proactive cancer survivor.


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