Being aware of what’s going on with your body is extremely important. Unfortunately, we can have problems that occur and never know it. Regularly scheduled exams aid in good health. Most women will often visit their doctor when something seems off or unnatural. Men sometimes dread doctor visits and are less likely to schedule checkups. Screenings are significantly relevant for both men and women.
Hall of Famer Pro Football player Michael Haynes understands all too well what it means to know your stats. After attending a prostate cancer screening and receiving his PSA (test results), he scheduled a visit with his primary care doctor. There, he received news of a spike in over the past couple of years. Although his doctor didn’t view his results to be threatening, Michael knew very little about his history involving cancer, so his doctor recommended a biopsy. The results showed cancer in nine of twelve places checked. Today Michael has teamed up with Dr. Benjamin Lowentritt to raise awareness with the Know Your Stats campaign.
One in seven men is at risk of getting prostate cancer. If prostate cancer is hereditary, there is a one in three chance that a family member will get prostate cancer. One in five African American males is at risk of getting prostate cancer. Therefore screening and blood tests in there 40’s is recommended for earlier detection. Families who are at a lower risk can have screenings done in their mid 50’s.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The key to early detection in both men and women is knowing your personal risk. It is essential to have these screenings done well before recognizing symptoms. Waiting can result in bad news or can be too late. Doctor visits should be a priority and taken very seriously, as they are fundamental to living full lives.
Promoting good health is not simply for athletes. However, raising awareness can enlighten those unaware and aid in better decision making for family members with cancer and other illnesses.
Listen to your body. Research your history. Schedule your screenings so you will Know Your Stats!
Please watch Rashika Robert’s interview with NFL Hall of Famer Michael Haynes.