Okay, this is crazy. If you would have told me last week that I would soon feature not one, but two, blog postings about Dan Fogelberg I would have asked what kind of dope you were on. And you would have responded, "Nobody has called it 'dope' since Dragnet went off the air." Then again, you probably don't know what Dragnet is either so scratch that too.
The point is that singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg died this weekend of prostrate cancer. He was just 56 years old. 56. Could it have been prevented? I don't know. But he did leave this message on his own website after he was diagnosed and I consider it a tribute to him to pass it along here. When I get to 50, I will remember what to do.
"To each and every man....
I cannot encourage you strongly enough to get a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) and a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test EVERY YEAR.
The medical community suggests this for men over 50, but men with a family history of prostate cancer should start getting tested at age 40.
The PSA test is a simple blood test...it only takes a minute or two. The DRE, okay, every man squirms at the thought of this exam, but hey, it too takes only a minute or two, and IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.
Prostate cancer can be very slow growing or very aggressive, but detected early while it is still confined to the prostate gland, it can usually be treated and cured successfully.
Once it spreads beyond the prostate it is called Advanced Prostate Cancer (PCa). At this point it becomes imminently more life threatening and harder to treat. Do yourself and your loved ones a huge favor and GET CHECKED REGULARLY. I promise you, you DON’T want to go through what I’m going through if you can avoid it.
Education and awareness are key, I urge you to follow the link here to the Prostate Cancer Foundation web site and read up on how best to protect yourself and reduce your likelihood of contracting this terrible disease."
P.S. Me again. Every time I type the word "Fogelberg" the Typepad spell check tries to get me to change it to "Foreleg." I hope one day to be running the kind of blog where the word "foreleg" gets used.