Letter From “Uncle Charlie” Wilson About Prostate Cancer
By Charlie Wilson
August 15, 2009
This is Charlie, Last Name Wilson and I’m reaching out to our community about prostate cancer. September is Prostate Cancer Month and a perfect time for me to share some much needed information about this disease.
During a regular checkup last year, at the insistence of my wife, I was encouraged to take a PSA test. Much to my surprise, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Because it was an early diagnosis, I was able to research various treatments and select the one that was right for me. Brachytherapy was the treatment we chose. Today, I am cancer free.
During my research on the disease, I learned that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and that 1 in 3 African American men will be diagnosed. These numbers were astounding to me. That’s why I have joined with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to educate the African American community on how important it is that our men get annual physical exams.
Prostate cancer is not just a man’s disease, it’s a disease that effects our entire family. That’s why it is equally important for me to reach out to the women in our community. I’m asking the ladies to please take control and persuade your husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and
significant others to get yearly checkups which include a PSA test. My wife took control. Her insistence paid off and helped save my life. I encourage all women in the African American community to do the same.
Enclosed are some “Tips for Prostate Cancer Awareness” that I have compiled, together with the Prostate Cancer Foundation.” I want my brothers to live long, meaningful and healthy lives.
Your attention to this important health issue is appreciated.
Charlie Wilson’s Tips for Prostate Cancer Awareness
Understand prostate cancer and talk about it; share what you know with friends and family.
Know your family history and share it with your relatives, sons and grandsons.
Create a family health history document to share at family reunions and holiday celebrations.
Eat a diet low in fat, carbohydrates and processed sugars.
Do not char meats. Charring creates carcinogens that collect in the prostate and interfere with DNA repair. Marinate and flip meats on the grill frequently to minimize charring. Better yet, try stir-frying meats.
Take control of your health and get regular checkups. Talk to your doctor about a baseline screening (PSA and DRE) when you are 40; develop a schedule of subsequent screenings based on your medical history.
If you don’t have insurance, do your research to learn about free clinics in your community.
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