Prostate Cancer Patient Stories
In 2007, when Joseph Bove went to his doctor for his annual physical exam, he had a PSA (prostate-specific antigen). His doctor ordered a biopsy after seeing that Joe's test showed higher-than-normal levels of PSA, a protein in the blood used to help diagnose cancer, enlarged prostate and other conditions. At the age of 54, Joe learned he had prostate cancer.
"This news came at a difficult time for me. Due to the economy, I had to close my printing business and look for other business opportunities," Joe recalls.
In December 2009, after monitoring his PSA levels for about four years, Larry Griffin’s doctor recommended that he have a prostate biopsy. “When the results were available, my doctor explained that traces of cancer were identified in four of the 12 tissue samples,” remembers Larry, who had no symptoms. Although he felt healthy and was active, Larry, who was 57, turned to friends and family for support and guidance to deal with his prostate cancer diagnosis.
After watching his father undergo prostate cancer treatment, and later lose his life to stomach cancer, Carlos Perez knew that he was at increased risk of developing cancer himself. "That is why I started to have my PSA levels checked from the time I was in my early 40s," he explained. For many years, Carlos was told that his levels were in the normal range.