At the Catfish game saturday night, it was delayed by rain. And being delayed by rain, we weren't waiting in the stands for the game to begin. We were walking around the concourse, trying to keep a neice and a granddaughter entertained while we waited.
I was approached by a lady from the Tidwell Cancer Treatment Center. She asked if I would like a prostate cancer screening.
Now, I'm not all that knowledgable about lots of things. But I know a little bit about how a prostate exam goes. It's not high on my list of things to do today.
If you're not familiar with an exam, it involves a doctor, a finger, a glove, lubricant, leaning over a table, and the command "hold your breath." I hope you get the idea.
So, this nice lady walks up to me asking me if I'd like a prostate cancer screening.
I didn't immediately reply. I might have blinked twice, but didn't say anything right at first. Then perhaps a stutter or two.
She must have seen my ... hesitancy ... when she explained it was a screening. They drew some blood and would send it off to get looked at.
Okay, drawing blood I can stand. Yes, I'd rather them make a new hole than use an existing one. I think you can understand.
Anyway, I didn't know that a prostate cancer screening involved drawing some blood. But apparently, that's all there is to it. And I sat down and let them draw some blood. And the lady who draws blood is good. It didn't hurt a bit.
Afterwards, the lady explained that they run a test and check for something. And, if the tests come back a certain way, that indicates that an exam is in order. Yeah, the one with the finger.
So, in a couple of days, I'll find out if me and a doctor get to know each other real well.
Anyway, I'm glad to know that there is a quick, painless way to get screened for prostate cancer. It's one of the most preventable forms of cancer there is. Like 100% recovery. If caught early enough.
The catch is to catch it early. And the screening helps determine if an exam is in order.
So, if you're a male over 40 (that's how I caught the nice young lady's eye), it might be a good idea to get yourself screened.
Life's too short as it is. You might as well stick around for the ending.