Why Young Men Need to Have an Annual Prostate Cancer Test

Here’s Keith Wegen’s Story – It Happens So Often

“At the age of 44 years old I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Before I was diagnosed, I knew something was wrong with my health and visited the doctor for frequent testing.  My primary physician never thought to give me a PSA or DRE exam due to the common practice of denying younger men prostate screenings.  Only by intuition and seeking out another doctor, was I able to be diagnosed.  Moreover, given the nature of my aggressive tumor, I possibly could have died from this disease before the prescribed prostate screening at age 50.

I elected to have surgery in November of 2011.  Due to complications after, I spent 19 days in the hospital battling 3 serious infections.  I had plenty of downtime to reflect on life and what I wanted to do when I fully recovered.  I felt called to make a difference by raising awareness and funds for the early detection of prostate cancer.  

I am a very active individual and have been inline skating for 17 years.  In fact, just two days after my prostate cancer diagnosis, I went on my longest skating trek ever, a 60-mile skate from Boulder to Greeley, CO.  I had been planning it for months and wasn’t about to let cancer stop me from doing what I love.
Clearly I have a passion for inline skating and now a new intensity for helping others afflicted with this same disease. Therefore, my goal for 2012 is to combine these two passions and raise at least $10,000 for the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC), based in Centennial, CO.  I will do this by accepting pledges, donations and sponsors for a 395-mile inline skate across Colorado.

On September 6th I plan to start at the Wyoming border and end at the Oklahoma border on or about September 15th, 2012.  September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and the timing of my event will coincide with PCEC’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, which provides free screenings to men in Colorado and around the nation. “

Next Steps

1 – Support Keith at http://www.crowdrise.com/wegen
2 – Create your free prostate cancer tracker at http://www.ProstateTracker.org, and make certain you don’t get caught with a surprise untreatable prostate cancer diagnosis

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