Every two minutes a new case of prostate cancer occurs, and every 19 minutes a man dies from the disease. That's according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation. So 67-year-old Art Korroch considers himself lucky to be alive.
"It was scary. I thought I was going to die which is the feeling that everybody gets when they're diagnosed with cancer."
Art found out he had prostate cancer back in 1999. And it's because he made sure to have his annual prostate cancer screening which includes a prostate specific antigen or PSA test as well as a digital rectal exam.
"Luckily I was diagnosed at an early stage where I was able to be treated. And now today, seven years later, I'm cancer free."
"Individuals who are affected by prostate cancer are normally asymptomatic meaning they really don't have any difficulties at the time."
That's why Sparrow radiation oncologist, Dr. Luciano DiCarlo says men over 40 should be screened since they are most at risk.
"African-Americans have slightly increased risk of developing prostate cancer and then there's family history."
And if you catch it early enough, the survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Just ask Art. He's living proof.
"As far as I'm concerned, I'm alive today because of that screening."
A free prostate cancer screening is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 3 – 7 p.m. at the Clark Conference Center on the Sparrow St. Lawrence Campus. For more information call (517) 364-3130.