Faces of Prostate Cancer - John Robinson
For many men, a diagnosis of prostate cancer comes as a complete shock. John Robinson wasn't even surprised. With a father who had undergone prostate surgery and an uncle who died from the disease, John figured it wasn't a question of "if" but "when." John began screenings promptly at age 50 which showed elevated PSA levels but biopsies were negative -- until one wasn't. John's vigilance had enabled early detection of his cancer and more choices for treatment. As an environmental consultant and avid outdoorsman, John chose surgery for its precision and more predictable recovery time. A few months after the surgery John was rowing competitively again.
"I expected to get prostate cancer," says John. "When it happened I read all I could and talked to several doctors about different treatments. I just thought, there's something wrong with my machinery and I need to fix it."