Musician Van Wilks has played the Austin stage for decades, even with the likes of ZZ Top. On a personal note, he is open about his fight with prostate cancer.
“Uncles had it, but they were of the age where it was just a taboo thing with men,” Wilks said. “It wasn’t talked about.”
When Wilks received his own diagnosis, he did his research and decided to have surgery.
“It wasn’t going to go away,” he said. “So I thought, ‘Let’s just get it over with.’”
It’s important to know that not all prostate cancers are equal, and at times there is concern and confusion over how to treat it.
Dr. David Cuellar said communication with your physician is what’s most important. First comes a blood test.
“It’s not a black-and-white test that says you do or you don’t have cancer. It says you do or don’t need further evaluation,” Cuellar said. “Is this an aggressive one that needs treatment? Or is this the more common one we can just watch?”
Since his own treatment, Wilks he has been pushing for more prostate cancer funding n Washington every year.
“[Men] need to be proactive and do something about it, because it would be a really rotten way to die,” he said.
Dr. Cuellar says if you don't have a family history of prostate cancer, start getting checked at age 50. Men with a family history should start at age 40.
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