Men often wait to see the doctor until they are sick or in pain, a trend noticed by UCHealth and Colorado Health Medical Group (CHMG) physicians. When men wait, they are often diagnosed with a disease in a more serious stage which requires more advanced treatment. When diseases are caught early, men’s lives can often be saved.
The video series features cancer survivors, community members and CHMG physicians.
Colorado State University Athletic Director Jack Graham, who hosted a March MAN-ness event at The Mayor of Old Town in Fort Collins, talks about his heart attack and the importance of preventive health measures.
“The idea that all you need to do is eat reasonably well, and don’t smoke and don’t drink excessively and exercise on a daily basis – those are great choices and fundamental,” said Graham, former CSU Rams quarterback. “But beyond that you absolutely need to have a connection to a physician to enable you to know are there things that can’t be seen that I need to be paying attention to.”
Roger Corliss could have died from multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer. He didn’t and credits being alive today because he caught it early through regular blood screenings at a community health fair.
“The doctor always called me and said ‘Hey Roger, you’re in great shape.’ Well, in 2000, that didn’t happen. I took the results to him and he called me back and said there’s an irregularity and I ended up with a blood cancer, not knowing there was a thing wrong with me.”
Although he has had a challenging journey, he is in remission and competes in shot put and discus at senior athlete track and field competitions. If he had waited, Roger may have only had about 15 months to live.
CHMG’s Dr. Douglas Kemme , a medical oncologist in Greeley, and a colon cancer survivor, shares what it’s like to get a colonoscopy. He also discusses early warning symptoms and when and who should be screened.
Tim O’Hara, a local photographer who just completed radiation therapy for prostate cancer, was asked how he knew something was wrong. “There were no symptoms. And that’s the scary part. Prostate cancer doesn’t tell you when to go to the doctor because you don’t feel a thing.”
“The earlier you find the cancer the higher the survivor rate,” said O’Hara’s Radiation Oncologist Dr. Joshua Petit.
Why do men avoid going to the doctor? Common explanations are that it’s embarrassing or inconvenient. Some feel that they’re already healthy while others are afraid of the exam and possible results.
The men’s health program was developed for men to learn and talk about often ignored topics like prostate, heart and colon health.
For more information, visit marchmanness.org and:
- Watch videos of men sharing their early detection stories.
- View health screening guidelines.
- Schedule an appointment for a routine exam.
- Get information on future March MAN-ness events.