Austin Six began PSA testing at age 44. His father was diagnosed with the disease at age 73 and opted for a prostatectomy, which at the time was about the only treatment option for the disease. Due to his family history, Austin knew it was important to be vigilant and to begin testing early.
At the young age of 46, Austin was diagnosed with prostate cancer after a jump in his PSA. He too chose surgery to treat his disease, and credits his increased awareness for catching his prostate cancer in its early stages.
Now, at 62, Austin has been cancer-free for 16 years. A frequent attendee of ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk events, he shares the importance of awareness, testing, and early detection with other men in his community – especially for men with a family history of the disease. He shares his story so that other men will understand the importance of early detection, and that prostate cancer is not just an old man’s disease.
“I still check in with my doctors every year. I love it when they say, ‘Your PSA is below detectable level. Increased awareness and early detection is so important for men, especially those with a family history like I had.”