"I'm not a type-B personality who knows I have a cancer growing inside of me and can live with the knowledge," he says. "I go into a kung-fu attack position when I go through the door of a hospital."
After Schwarzkopf's prostate surgery, the chief of pathology visited him and said, "Good news. We looked at your cancer, and it was very slow-growing. We have 100 percent of your cancer in a jar."
Real Quotations From Prostate-Cancer Survivor Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska
Stevens on why there isn't more federal research on prostate cancer:
"Suppose you walk out of a hearing about funding medical research and there are 150 attractive young women waiting in the hall. And they're buttonholing you about breast-cancer research. They'll have an impact.
If you had 150 men waiting there," he continues, "they would be older than 50, not as aggressive, not as organized. And they wouldn't want to talk about it, anyway."
Real Quotations From Prostate-Cancer Survivor Michael Korda
Men would be better off if they knew even half as much about prostate cancer as women know about breast cancer."
"Men may have to change what their idea of sexuality is."
"There is definitely sex after prostate surgery," Korda says. "It may not include erection and penetration. The most important message is the ability to exchange erotic feelings is not damaged by this surgery."
The standard test for prostate cancer is the PSA test, which measures the blood level of a protein produced by all prostate cells. A PSA count under 4 indicates that cancer is unlikely. Between a count of 4 and 22, the probability of cancer increases. A score of over 22 is almost a certain sign of prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer mainly strikes older men, so as more and more baby boomers fulfill their biblical threescore and ten, more and more of them will get the disease.
African-Americans have a 37 percent higher chance of getting the disease.
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men.
One in nine U.S. men is expected to develop prostate cancer.
Conflicting theories on how to treat prostate cancer pit interventionists who like to cut against the wait-and-see camp who believe that older men who have been diagnosed with the disease will die of other causes before the cancer kills them. Said Dr. Harold Sox, president of the American College of Physicians: "The side effects of prostate-cancer treatment are more frequent, more long-lasting, and more serious than the treatment of cancer of the breast or colon."
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