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Three months ago I was in a coffee shop waiting for my order. I was feeling my right side of my face; I felt a lump under the skin.
I made an appointment immediately to find out what it was. Well, as you can see, it wasn’t the best news — it was a parotid gland tumor.
I am glad to report that it was not cancerous, but left unattended it would turn to cancer. I am doing OK recovering. I have no feeling on my ear and portions of my right side of my face, although it is said it will come back in a while.
I want to thank all of you that have reached out and checked in on me. I appreciate you all so much.
We are not indestructible. Please, if something is not right get it checked out immediately. Again, thank you.
Approximately 30,000 men die of prostate cancer each year. All men should consider a baseline PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test at age 40.
A family history and being African-American or exposure to Agent Orange are at risk factors.
BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and prostatitis cause the prostate to swell and can cause painful or difficult urination.
Heart disease and stroke are often associated with high cholesterol and high blood pressure and can usually be controlled with diet and exercise, sometimes combined with medication.
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men ages 20-35 but can occur any time after age 15.
Anyone who spends a lot of time in the sun is at risk for skin cancer. Other factors include family history and exposure to repeated x-rays or to chemicals such in arsenic and coal.
As men age, testosterone decreases. This can lead to erectile dysfunction, fragile bones, depression, fatigue and other problems.
Colorectal cancer can usually be treated if caught early. It may be caused by diets high in fat and low in fiber.
Men are less likely than women to seek help for depression and are four times as likely to commit suicide.
Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of men. Risk factors include smoking and exposure to asbestos and radon.
Osteoporosis — loss of bone density — can lead to broken bones, permanent disability, or death.