For Movember, ProstateCancer.net is highlighting community perspectives on men’s health awareness. Community member Victor’s experience in public health, and his discovery that African American men are at higher risk, inform his approach. Here, Victor reflects on prostate cancer awareness, education, and his own journey.
To educte is to advocate
Getting a diagnosis of prostate cancer is a scary thing and most men don’t want to deal with it. We focus on our manhood and if we think we might lose it then it’s not worth living. But we’re centered on the wrong thing. It’s like playing cards. You play with the hand you’re dealt. Things happen and prostate cancer happens to a certain group of people. But it’s not the end of the world. There are resources out there and groups of people who’ve had a similar experience and lived through it. And having worked in healthcare for a number of years, I know that the medical community is always trying to improve on medical issues.