The Story of John Sands: A Prostate Cancer Survivor


John Sands is an example of the impact of an early diagnosis of prostate cancer. When he was 61-years-old, he was diagnosed with cancer after his doctor noticed abnormally high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels. In this NJTV News video, a specialist in the field also discusses the importance of early diagnosis of prostate cancer, the second most common type of cancer among American men.

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“That was the more comforting part of it: knowing that I caught it early enough,” said John Sands in the video shared by the NJTV News’ Youtube channel. John Sands’ physician explained his options, which included active surveillance, radiation therapy or surgery. “The reason why I chose surgery was to have that piece of mind, not just for me, but for my family.”

“[Prostate cancer] is very common and it is something that most people would never know that they have it unless we find it early,” states Michael Lasser, MD, Medical Director, Robotic Surgery, at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “Research is ongoing but we don’t have a great answer to why it is so common and what the specific causes are.”

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The physician also emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and seeking a physician for a PSA test. PSA is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland, which can be measured via a blood sample. High levels of PSA in the blood might indicate prostate cancer.

However, it’s also important that patients seek a specialist who knows how to interpret the results and ask for further examinations if needed since a PSA abnormal level can indicate different problems of the prostate. In order to avoid alarmism or misunderstandings, patients older than 50, or who are particularly at risk of prostate cancer are advised to seek a health care provider to check their health and, if needed, get a PSA screening.

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Prostate Cancer News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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