September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Dawson Creek city hall proclaimed September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month — and it’s one proclamation that has special meaning to Mayor Dale Bumstead.

“I’m a prostate cancer survivor, almost three years to the day,” he shared to applause at the August council meeting.

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The proclamation notes that one in seven Canadian men are diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime and recommends that “men over 40 get a DRE and PSA test, as early detection and treatment provides the best chance for a complete cure.”

It was a message Bumstead wanted to emphasize.

“I went through a really tough week while I was waiting for the results of the bone scan and all that stuff, and the diagnosis, because if it metastasizes — if it leaves the prostate — you’re in a different game. That week waiting to know if we’re going to move up Christmas or not was a tough week,” he said.

 “As a survivor going through that journey, the things that were evident were that I was lucky getting diagnosed early — if you catch it early, it can be beat.

“I encourage everyone to be proactive about their health, and you will not regret it.”

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