Dave Deschenes was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the young age of 38 following a routine physical exam. With a family history of the disease, Dave knew that early detection was important and discussed a PSA test with his doctor.
His doctor performed what they thought would be a baseline PSA, but quickly realized would be much more. After treating a slightly elevated level as an infection for a few months, Dave received a biopsy, which revealed that he had prostate cancer.
If you look at a pretty small peer group – seven friends – it’s alarming that one of those friends will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
He and his wife Kara did as much research as they could after his diagnosis; though, they often found it difficult to find information for young men battling the disease. Although he initially had concerns about the side effects of surgery, Dave underwent a radical prostatectomy to treat his prostate cancer.
Since his diagnosis and treatment, he has become actively involved in raising awareness in his community and has attended the ZERO Prostate Cancer Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. Dave, who has served as Executive Director of the IRONMAN Foundation since 2011, is also involved with Endurance events and Team ZERO. He now advocates for the importance of early detection and the need for men to take charge of their health by knowing their risk for the disease.
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