Faces of Prostate Cancer - Jim McKenzie
Jim McKenzie is an optimist, but having a positive outlook never meant ignoring his health. His annual physical always included screening for prostate cancer starting at age 40, the recommended guideline for African American men. When Jim was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer, he was symptom free and could have chosen a “watchful waiting” approach. Instead he educated himself on the latest techniques in targeted radiation therapy and saw few downsides. Despite a rigorous 26 day schedule of treatment, Jim experienced almost no side effects and kept his busy life on track.
“Just because you don’t have symptoms doesn’t mean you don’t address it,” says Jim. “The people providing my treatment were fantastic. It didn’t interfere with my lifestyle at all.”