Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer is a role model to many people. He is a world famous golfer and sportsman, successful businessman, talented golf course designer and consultant, devoted husbexternal image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTFOa3HBg0dTsxU99y49vw9_2AraiaGD1C82Ufa24H9Up9RI1Vyand, prostate cancer survivor, father and grandfather and a man with a down-to-earth common touch that has made him one of the most popular and accessible public figures in history. His magnetic personality and unfailing sense of kindness and thoughtfulness to everybody with whom he comes in contact have endeared him to millions throughout the world.external image arnold+palmer.jpg

In this interview with PROACT, Arnold shares some of his personal thoughts on the subject of his cancer.
“Enjoying good health is especially important on the golf course, so I have been in constant touch with my doctors over the years,” Palmer explained. “They had given me the results of my annual PSA tests so I was aware that my prostate was acting up a little bit. I guess I was aware of what might happen, but I had no idea that anything was wrong. I didn’t have any feelings and, as far as my personal health habits were concerned, nothing had really changed.” Palmer says he has a lot of confidence in his doctors, at the time of his diagnosis and now
“I believed strongly in what they were telling me. I decided I was going to the Mayo Clinic — where the diagnosis was confirmed — and then I proceeded to get on with what was necessary. They told me the bottom line on what I had, where it was, and how to treat it...and I accepted that. While I certainly had all the options to do whatever I wished, as far as the treatment was concerned, I chose the aggressive option. I chose surgery,” Palmer said, “and I’m happy with that decision. I was fortunate to experience no side effects, other than the recovery period which was, to me, rather lengthy. I looked at it like this: if you’re recovering from cancer then you’re in a pretty good mode, and should accept it. Yes, indeed,” he said emphatically, “I’d make the same decision again.” About eight weeks after surgery, Arnie was back on the golf course. “I discovered that I was somewhat weak,” Arnie remembered, “I didn’t have the strength that I felt I used to have. This is certainly a consequence of surgery and you have to be ready for that. I’m still not totally at full strength, but I’m also getting older, so that may have something to do with it,” he chuckled. Arnie is concerned that men need to make the commitment to maintaining good prostate health, and he offers some sound advice on the subject: “Just get your regular check-ups and PSAs and, if you’re diagnosed, do everything you can to eradicate the disease. I think we are fortunate to have the best doctors in the world in this country. If you’re not satisfied with the diagnosis and prognosis, then get another couple of opinions. But, in the final analysis, you need to do what it takes to get rid of the cancer and get on with your life.” Palmer says that a lot of men have come to him and said that they are getting their PSAs because they have heard him recommend it.Palmer is very stoic about being a cancer survivor. “I think there is always the potential that, once you have been diagnosed with cancer — depending on your age and attitude on life — that this can affect your personality. I would hope,” he said firmly, “that we can overcome whatever ill effects that might have on us, and get on with enjoying life.”external image prostate_cancer.jpg

The prostate is a relatively small reproductive gland surrounding the urethra (the outlet tube of the urinary bladder), housed in the pelvic cavity between the bladder and the rectum. The prostate gland enlarges with age and if the process happens in an anomalous fashion, it leads to prostate cancer (size increases up to 40 cubic centimeters and weighs around 30-45 grams). Changes that together contribute to the disease process accumulate over years until it is at an advanced stage and symptoms are more obvious. Prostate cancer symptoms are usually delayed and mostly observed when the disease has metastasized to secondary organs.

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This graph shows the number of incidences compared to the mortality rate of Prostate cancer by country. As you can see from the graph the United States has the highest number of incidences per 100,00 males but a fairly low mortality rate which means that we are starting to be able to beat Prostate cancer.

  • Trouble urinating
  • Decreased force in the stream of urine
  • Blood in urine
  • Blood in semen
  • Swelling in legs
  • Discomfort in the pelvic area
  • Bone pain
    • may not show symptoms in it early stages

Risk Factors
  • Age
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Nationality
  • Family History
  • Genes
  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Inflammation of the Prostate
  • Infection
  • Vasectomy

  • Brachytherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Cryosurgury and Cryotherapy
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Prostatectomy
  • Watchful Waiting
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Conclusion: Arnold was able to fight off his cancer and remains a respected figure in history. How he came down with cancer is unknown, he lived, and continues to live, a happy healthy life. He set a positive demonstration on how prostate cancer is survivable and how you can keep living life after cancer. Arnies Army Battles Prostate Cancer is a unique fundraising and awareness campaign of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The program is designed to help organizers and participants use golf as a fundraising tool to raise money for better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Every dollar raised by Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer tournaments goes directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation where is it deployed rapidly to support advanced prostate cancer research for the development of better treatments.
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This map shows the correlation between locations and
concentrations of prostate cancer throughout the world.
You can see darker spots in Africa, South America and some in Northern and Central Europe.
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