Aram Chakerian initially didn’t believe his urologist when he told him he needed a prostate biopsy due to a rising PSA. Aram was 50 years old, and had no history of cancer in his family.
Five years later, when his PSA continued to rise, Aram went through with the biopsy. The test revealed a diagnosis of intermediate-stage prostate cancer.
“Going to a surgeon for a consultation and parking in the ‘Cancer Patients Only’ lot was the scariest thing. I didn’t accept that I had cancer until that moment.”
Aram had a radical prostatectomy and while he is now dealing with the side effects of the treatment, he is grateful to have caught the cancer when he did. Aram now spreads awareness, encouraging the men in his life to be tested. He also participates in ZERO’s Prostate Cancer Run/Walk – Napa Valley in honor of his friend who is also battling prostate cancer.
“My message to my friends and family: Get it checked. It’s simple, and it could save your life. Thanks to the ZERO folks for bringing this to my attention. Early detection definitely helped me add years to my life.”