Early cancer screenings can’t change the diagnosis, nor can they ultimately prevent a diagnosis of cancer for anyone. And there are many reasons why prostate cancer tests aren’t necessary. Things like “I’m too busy,” “It won’t happen to me,” “It wouldn’t change anything anyway,” can run rampant. But there are also so many reasons why you should have one done.
There is nothing more important than your own personal health. How you view it, manage it and maintain it all play a role in your overall physical, mental and emotional health. Because prostate cancer is so common (it’s the second leading type of cancer in men behind skin cancer), it’s important to make informed decisions with your doctor and get checked on a regular basis based on your risk factors. And even though it’s important, it’s also beneficial. Here are the top four benefits of setting up a prostate cancer screening appointment:
- It puts your health in focus. When you are being proactive about your health, it’s only natural to start looking at other aspects of your health and identifying ways to improve it. So if you want to begin improving your health, you need to start somewhere. And the first place you can start is by scheduling an appointment with your doctor.
- It can put your mind at ease. Mental health should be as much of a priority as your physical health is. When you get your test for prostate cancer, it’s another reminder that you’re taking care of yourself and it can alleviate any stress from the anxious “unknowns”. Your mental health can affect your physical health so putting everything in alignment is only going to bring about positive results.
- Early diagnosis means more options. From chances of survival to treatment options, an early prostate cancer diagnosis will widen your pool of choices when you have to make decisions. The earlier that someone is diagnosed with prostate cancer, the better the survival rate. And your family will also have more of a head start in coming to terms with their new reality and get settled in their own support routine to assist you.
- You can help spread awareness. While your prostate health may not be as common a conversation starter as the weather, you can still share your experience with those closest to you and encourage them to be proactive about their own health as well. Through the “pay it forward “ method, someone’s life can be saved. And all because you went to the doctor and mentioned it to a friend.
So, keep your health at the top of your priority list and call your doctor to discuss your options about having a prostate cancer test. You and your family will be glad you did.