Powell and Palmer put down prostate cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 6/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

What do a PGA Tour champion and former Secretary of State have in common? Interestingly enough, prostate cancer.

Former Secretary of State Colin PowellFormer Secretary of State, Colin Powell, discovered prostate cancer in 2003 and underwent surgery to remove the cancerous prostate gland that year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Since then, he has become an avid supporter of prostate cancer awareness and devoted his time to the Prostate Conditions Education Council, which sponsors Prostate Cancer Awareness Week every September. 

Professional golfer Arnold PalmerGolf legend Arnold Palmer was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997. He was treated in the same year and helped found the Arnold Palmer Prostate Center, a nonprofit treatment center at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center in California.

He also encourages men everywhere to pay attention to their health and get screened.

“There’s nothing better than going to the doctor and knowing just exactly where you stand,” Palmer told Everyday Health in an interview. “That’s so important for men to do. Don’t think about doing it. Just do it.”

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Whether you're a golf pro, or politician, it is important to be proactive and get screened.

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Source: Everyday Health

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