David Sauls was always proactive about his health and got tested regularly for prostate cancer. When he was diagnosed at age 60, he did much of his own research, talking to other doctors as well as other men about their treatments in order to make an educated decision. He was treated and has been cancer free since, and still returns to his doctor each year.
I was diagnosed in 2005, and I haven’t stopped talking about prostate cancer since. I’m a marathoner; you can be in the best shape of your life and still hear the words ‘prostate cancer.’ You may think: ‘What did I do to deserve this?
A marathoner and educator, David now spends time speaking with other men about the disease, and is part of ZERO’s team of dedicated advocates as well as the Delaware Prostate Cancer Coalition. He encourages newly diagnosed men to seek multiple opinions and be their own advocates. In addition to his work in the community, he sits on prostate cancer educational panels in the Philadelphia area, sharing his experience to further inform men who may be at risk and not even know it.
Men, don’t fear the finger. Get tested for prostate cancer.
David frequently attends local health fairs and seminars, stressing the need for early detection, particularly in the African American community. A dedicated advocate of ZERO, David also comes to D.C. each year for ZERO’s Advocacy Summit. As a regular Summit attendee, David has the opportunity to meet with his elected officials to share his experience and to fight for increased federal prostate cancer research funding, which has resulted in three new treatments for advanced prostate cancer.
From [the point I was diagnosed on], I decided I’m going to go out and push the idea of men being tested, particularly African American men. With the help of ZERO and other organizations, I’m doing that.
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