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.
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.”