PSA - Prostate Exam and knitting... Go figure!

DavidAtlGA's picture

Check out this great video of Rosey Grier, a former professional football player a well-known needle-pointer! He recently made this Public Service Announcement for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. This is funny, cute and informative! Enjoy and share!

Spicemanknit's picture

Very whimsical but an

Very whimsical but an important message to men. Prostrate cancer doesn't seem to get as much attention as breast cancer.

markplusbrett's picture

In the States having my

In the States having my annual physical today of which part includes that very important component. Just checking in to MWK before I head out and feeling that tread of what I know is coming later. Thanks for reminding me of how important this is.
Wish me luck!!!!!

Thomasknits's picture

This is fabulous. -Thomas

This is fabulous.
-Thomas

Kerry's picture

Amusing but such an

Amusing but such an important message. Why are men so reluctant to talk about their health? Are we convinced of our indestructiblity or are we just to macho to give a damn? Thanks for posting David.

steve kadel's picture

i think men are often

i think men are often terrified of admitting their vulnerability and defend against the terror by being avoidant and secretive and flippant

we won't just get a cat, nubby nu nu, will manifest a kitten from our love and lint from our hemp socks

mwkbloom's picture

My doctor has done the

My doctor has done the prostate checks for me every year since my late twenties (even before I knew my Dad had benign enlargement)! The practice specializes in men's health, as well as diabetes. And since I'm diabetic, they send me to a specialist for the smallest sign of anything amiss. When in doubt, check it out! And if still in doubt, take it out!

YarnGuy716's picture

I want to post this to my

I want to post this to my Facebook just for the variety of reactions I would get from my friends. It would be interesting to say the least.

On the serious side... my Dad had prostate cancer. He had his prostate removed in 1995. His younger brother also had it, which puts me at a higher risk. The treatments have come a long way since Dad had surgery. The important part is getting tested so they can keep track of your PSA levels. I had my 2nd annual earlier this year and my PSA is actually lower.

I think the biggest misconception is how horrifying the testing is. I've also had 2 colonoscopys and the worst part of that is the prep. You are so drugged up during the procedure you don't remember or care what they are doing to you. And yes, fiber is your friend. The 2nd time was an easier prep time because I was eating healthier with more fiber in my diet.

Mnjack's picture

Thanks for sharing. It is so

Thanks for sharing. It is so true, most men do not talk about anything serious. I think they need more knitting groups......lol.

YugiDean's picture

My dad is a prostate cancer

My dad is a prostate cancer survivor. He went down to the Radiotherapy Center of Georgia in Atlanta and had radiation therapy. Still no traces of the cancer, and he was treated four years ago.

murfpapa is right. There are loads of treatment options, and it's always best to get another opinion (or two or twelve). My dad originally went to a doctor in po-dunk Missouri who told him his cancer was "a Corvette that's already out of the garage," implying that there wasn't much hope to "catching" it.

But my dad and mom were not easily convinced. Flash forward four years later, and Dad's doing great.

Also, be sure to get your colonoscopy when you get to "that age." It may be unpleasant, but it could be the difference between catching colon cancer early enough to be A-OK or catching it so late that...well, you know...

And eat plenty of fiber. :-)

murfpapa's picture

I was diagnosed with

I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer 3 years ago. If your doctor says, "it feels a little 'boggy'. Likely not serious," get a second opinion. The test is quick and not at all as uncomfortable as men like everyone to think. In fact, even the biopsy isn't that bad either. My PSA was up to 14, the aggressiveness was a 9 and the stage was 3. Only 1 out of 8 biopsy samples showed anything suspicious (it was the 8th sample that had an anomaly) and upon testing proved to be cancer. When he removed the prostate (I had a radical prostatectomy) I was cut from the navel down to the goods. I can't wear Speedos any more (and I think the neighbors sent flowers to the doctor as a "Thank You", lol). I have 1 more hormone shot yet this coming October which suppresses testosterone which prostate cancer feeds on. What it boils down to is GET CHECKED and if there is anything suspicious, follow up on it. There are more options earlier than later.
The video is funny and glad to see Rosey again. Anyone know who the other knitters are? Are they also sports figures? Just curious...

purlyman's picture

Now I know what we can talk

Now I know what we can talk about at our next Mile Guy Knitters meeting!! :-)

smalltownknitguy's picture

Very entertaining. Hope

Very entertaining. Hope they will put it on TV.

TheKnittingMill's picture

That's funny! Thanks for

That's funny! Thanks for posting.