The prostate is about the same size as a walnut, but where the walnut is tough and hard, the prostate is soft and spongy. So, if you are about to have surgery on your prostate, the amount of material removed is minimal and can be performed with keyhole surgery.
This book is written for males who want to understand what cancer of the prostate means in relatively simple terms because they suspect that they have, or have been diagnosed as having, the disease. The psychological disease depression is also included as a separate discussion since many men will not talk about it either, and it has been shown that cancer of the prostate and depression often go hand in hand. There is a need to demystify both of these diseases since too many men fear what can often be a relatively quick fix.
The information provided is based on my personal experience with the diseases cancer of the prostate and depression. The experiences and emotions are real, and the book is my attempt to provide you, the reader, with an empathy for my position so that you can gain a better understanding of what may happen to you in the future, should you need a check on your prostate or, indeed, have some procedure performed.
Author Ian Newbegin’s life changed when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but with optimism, he has created a way of life that allowed him to not just survive but thrive.
Men Don’t Talk About … chronicles his journey from fear to acceptance and ultimately survival. His story is one designed to encourage men to visit their doctors more frequently, particularly when they suffer from any urinary complications—one of the early signs of a potential problem.
He explores his experiences with both prostate cancer and the resulting depression through candid insight. From a patient’s viewpoint, he provides simple explanations about each disease. Knowledge is power for anyone facing cancer (or any other chronic or acute condition), and he shares his research and experiences to help others.
His story is one intended to demystify the diseases. He reminds the reader that there is no stigma involved with either disease, and encourages them to take control of their own care. His message is simple: If he can survive the ordeal of having cancer, so can you.
You can increase your chances by having regular medical checkups. You’re worth it.
About the Author
Retired math teacher Ian Newbegin has always had a passion for writing. Once he completed his PhD in education, writing became a mechanism for him to share his experiences and ideas. He currently lives in New South Wales, Australia.