I was having dinner last night with my attorney and a medical doctor friend of ours. The conversation eventually turned to the issue of mortality and average aging and what kills men.
Our MD friend said most men, if they live long enough, will eventually
die of prostate cancer because the prostate is always decaying and can
cause a multiplicity of problems throughout the body.
The unfortunate fact, our MD said, is how few men regularly get a prostate examination to keep an eye out for any possible trouble.
We previously discussed here the 21 Ways to try to help prevent the advancement of prostate cancer — and while there might be great pleasure in keeping your body fit and healthy down there — the news that our prostates are always there, forever ticking against us despite our best healthy efforts, was fairly depressive news. If you’re a man, do you get a regular prostate examination?
If so, do you request the exam or does your MD insist upon it?
If you are female — are you vigilant in your demand that the men in your life get prostate health inspections? If so, is your demand happily accepted or quietly ignored?
One day we may have a prostate cancer vaccine and we may well wonder why it took so long and why a larger, more historically dangerous threat to female human living — breast cancer — is yet to be cured.
The most sobering news for all of us is the number one killer for both males and females: Lung cancer.
Here’s the historical evidence from the American Cancer Society:
The charts provide a blunt truth cancer is still a major killer in the United States and we need to be vigilant in our effort to find a cure.