I saw where the American Cancer Society recommends a discussion about the PSA and prostate screening at age 50. How old was Gentry when he was diagnosed? (Hint:47. What do we do with these guys ACS who fall outside your parameters?) Has Otis Brawley had a PSA yet, or was he just talking?
I saw a patient about 4 months ago who said, ” I want to get everything checked out because I just turned fifty.” His PSA was 80 and there was evidence of metastatic pelvic lymph node (no symptoms of pain, voiding, or anything) disease on his CT scan.”
Montgomery Gentry encourages men to get screened for prostate cancer before it is too late with a free concert in Atlanta after the Braves-Texas game.
Country singer Eddie Montgomery, of the superstar duo Montgomery Gentry, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November. He was able to undergo surgery and have the tumor removed, and is now, at age 47, a cancer survivor. But, he is not pretending that the ordeal wasn’t an important milestone in his life, or that it didn’t frighten him. In fact, Montgomery is speaking out for prostate cancer awareness, and the duo is giving a free concert in Atlanta on Father’s Day.
Montgomery, a father of three, had a typical reaction when he first heard the diagnosis. “When you hear the ‘C’ word, you don’t believe it,” said Montgomery in an Associated Press report. “You don’t know how bad it is. I thought about my kids. It was tough to hear that I had gotten cancer. But we were able to find the cancer in its very early stage and had it removed. … I’m glad I got tested early enough before it was too late.”
Montgomery was actually at the doctor’s office for his son, who had wrecked an off-road vehicle and broken his shoulder, when he told the doctor, a bone specialist, that he had had some soreness in his hip. The doctor offered to give him an X-ray, just to be on the safe side. He was being screened for the sore hip when the doctor saw a spot on the X-ray, which turned out to be a tumor.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation, the leading not-for-profit supporting research for prostate cancer globally, indicates that not everyone has prostate cancer symptoms, and that the disease is often detected when a doctor is doing a routine check-up. However, the PCF indicates, several symptoms are seen by some patients with prostate cancer, including:
- A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
- Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
- Weak or interrupted flow of urine
- Painful or burning urination
- Difficulty in having an erection
- Painful ejaculation
- Blood in urine or semen
- Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs
As a way to bring awareness to prostate cancer, Montgomery Gentry will give a free concert after the Atlanta Braves-Texas Rangers match-up on Sunday, June 19, on Father’s Day. Prostate cancer survivors will be able to attend the game for free if they are registered through the Braves’ website. Montgomery Gentry will also take part in an on-field ceremony for the winner of the Major League Baseball contest, “My Dad, My MVP.” Tickets for the concert are included with the purchase of the game ticket, and are available on the official Atlanta Braves website. For an additional cost, fans can purchase a VIP Field Pass, not included with the purchase of the game ticket. A $5 donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation will be made with the purchase of each VIP Field Pass, to support cancer research.
“I’m a huge fan of these guys,” said Braves second baseman Dan Uggla of Montgomery and his duo partner, Troy Gentry, reported the AP. “Now that I know these guys, I’m proud to say that I’m friends with these guys. They’re very genuine. I hope the people at the concert will be able to grasp their message.”
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