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"Prejudice is an ignorance": Musician counts how he won prostate cancer

March 23, 2013. For the musician Rafael Prista, this date has gained a different meaning, a bit bitter. That was when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 58. "When I opened the envelope of the result of the biopsy, I had a pressure drop." I, who never felt anything, had never entered a hospital as a patient, had a cancer. I've always been thin, I'm not sedentary, I eat very well, I run three times a week at least 5 km and I've never felt anything at all, "he says." I've always been a very healthy person. . It all began during a routine examination, which pointed to the change in the result of PSA - Prostate Specific Antigen, a protein indicative of prostate cancer. The exam was redone and continued with the result higher than expected. The next step was rectal examination and biopsy.

The test lasts less than five seconds, does not hurt and can save your life

What made the difference in treatment and recovery was early diagnosis, thanks to the regular examinations and consultations that Rafael performed: "Unfortunately I recently lost a friend for prostate cancer, he did not do regular tests, and when he found out, he was only able to manage a very long-term survival. With the diagnosis at hand, it was time to decide what the treatment would look like. "The doctor explained to me the possibilities and said that from his experience, the option with the greatest possibility of a real cure would be the surgery." The surgery at the initial stage has a 90% chance of cure. "I operated on April 20, less than a month after the discovery," he says.

Fear and overcoming

"It is impossible not to have some initial sequel.When you go to the operating table, knows that it may be that he does not win the cancer, that he will have at least some urinary incontinence, and that at least for some time he will have to forget what sex he is in. I was very fortunate to have been advised by very competent doctors. that the main thing was to remove it from me.Any sequel I would have, I would see what to do next, "he explains.

The sum of Rafael's health care resulted in his great recovery. "It is clear that after going through such an experience, nothing is the same as before.I was so blessed that I did not even have to do any complementary therapy after the surgery.I was within the best prognosis. but I do not want to have children any more.It has given me up to a certain 'freedom', "he jokes, now 62.

"Do not be prejudiced!"

And for men who are still reluctant to perform routine exams like the rectal exam, Rafael gives the message: "Do not be prejudiced! that five seconds does not hurt and can save your life.Many men do not know, but prostate cancer is a type of cancer that feeds on testosterone, produced by the testicles.When there is a severe metastasis, one of the treatments to try to brake cancer is castration all because of the fear and prejudice of doing a routine examination. This is not being macho, it's being stupid, "concludes the musician.


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