Upcoming Podcast: "Get Screened" or Surviving Prostate Cancer (the 2nd Most Deadly Cancer Among Men): A Conversation with Guido Adelfio (July 24th)
A few years ago the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality sponsored billboard ads that stating simply "this year thousands of men will die from stubbornness." The message was intended to encourage moreover middle age men to seek preventive health screening since they are 25 percent less likely than women to visit a doctor in any one year and 30 percent more likely to be hospitalized for a preventable condition. While prostate cancer is largely survivable, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, it is the most common cancer among men (most prevalent among African Americans) particularly men over age 50 and it usually presents without any symptoms. Nearly 200,000 cases are diagnosed annually causing over 28,000 deaths. While the value of PSA testing is debated, a digital rectal exam, while incomplete, evaluates the back of the prosate where 85% of cancers arise. With me to discuss the value of preventive screening will be Guido Adelfio, a survivor of Stage IV prostate cancer.
For the past 30 years Guido Adelfio has managed his family's custom travel business (Bethesda Travel Center, LLC) in Bethesda, Maryland. After a happenstance conversation with a friend about preventive health screening, Guido scheduled a prostate screening exam. The exam determined he had Stage IV metastatic prostate cancer. His diagnosis was determined to be fatal. Fortunately Guido was able to enroll in a NIH experimental treatment therapy program that saved his life.