Saturday, April 26, 2014

1 in 7 Christian Men Will Receive A Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer In Their Lifetime

I hope the first question that comes to mind is how on earth could I know that 1 in 7 Christian men will receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Here's how:
Key Statistics For Prostate Cancer
It's reasonable to assume the prostate cancer rate among Christian men is the same  for men in general.

What's been troublesome to me in the years that I've been a prostate cancer survivor I've found very few Christian Organizations, Ministries, or Church outreach to men and couples facing prostate cancer. This may sound sexist, but I suspect men are partly, perhaps fully to blame for this. Men have a tendency to want to keep things to themselves.

There is an added incentive to do this when many of the aggressive forms of treatment can result in the loss of urinary control or erectile dysfunction. These can be difficult topics to discuss in the context of a relationship. The idea of discussing this with strangers is unthinkable for many men. A Pastor's wife told me that men may be so private about this disease they don't even want it announced in Church so their Church family could pray for them.

I have a very simple message to all men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Here it is:
                                     Do not face this disease alone.


That said, putting together a team to help men cope is not an easy task. Here are my suggestions for your team:
1. Prostate cancer specialists-You may want to see more than one, since there are a variety of ways
   to treat prostate cancer.
2. Friends & Family-    Not every friend will be equip to help you on the journey. You may find one or two                                       who can offer the support you'll need
3. Your Church family- It's important to have prayer partner. You may be surprised to learn there are
                                    more than a few men in your Church that are prostate cancer survivors.
4. Other's Coping with prostate cancer- This is essential for any team. Access to a few people further                                                                         along in the prostate cancer journey is invaluable.

That's a good start for a team. As a Christian I often feel like a lone voice in the wilderness in that I find few sources of faith based support for Christian men and couples coping with this disease. That's why my wife and I wrote our book:
I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours?

It's the reason maintain for my website with faith based forums for men and women:
A Website for men considering surgery

Last but not least it's why our Facebook page tried to reach men around the world who are coping with life without a prostate:
Where's Your Prostate Facebook Page

We started off very slowly, but each week we are reaching more men and couples. If you are coping alone, I invite you to visit one of our websites to share your story and connect with those further along in the journey.

One other important detail I'd like to share. Although our ministry is a Christian faith-based ministry, men and couples of all faiths, or without any faith at all are welcome to use all our resources.