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2 months ago POSTED IN: Houma

Probability and Prostate Cancer

One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Mr. Eldon Bourg never thought he’d be the one.

One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Mr. Eldon Bourg never thought he’d be the one.

Born and raised in Grand Caillou and deeply rooted in his community, Bourg has never lived life by the numbers. He has spent his life working and growing his family in the Houma area. He married, had three children and nine grandchildren. But, he was also diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer at the age of 63.

During a routine checkup, Bourg told his doctor that he had been experiencing some pain in his lower abdomen. His doctor referred him to urologist, who recognized the symptoms of prostate cancer and had Bourg tested. He had never been screened before, but the results were positive, and in 2012 he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.

Bourg was treated at Mary Bird Perkins TGMC Cancer Center and now, five years later, counts himself a survivor. Bourg doesn’t allow his diagnosis to define him and still lives his life outside of the statistics, but now he advocates for others to get screened for prostate cancer.  “Right now, I’m talking to my sons about getting screened. It’s important,” says Bourg.

“I would tell any man thinking about getting screened to start the conversation with their doctors. You need to be proactive about your health.”

The American Cancer Society recommends men be aware of the risk factors associated with prostate cancer and discuss screening options with their doctors. Men with average risk should asses their needs for screenings at age 50. Those with higher risk, including those with a family history should start at age 40 or 45.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center offers free prostate cancer screenings to men 45 and older who have not been screened for prostate cancer in the past 12 months. For a complete calendar of available screenings, click here.

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