Jim Woster is a well known and respected member of the Sioux Falls community. An active community and personal life keeps him busy. However, a prostate cancer diagnosis a few months ago, nearly slowed him down. He had reason to be concerned. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and the second leading cause of death.
"People die of prostate cancer most of the time because they didn't get to it quick enough," he said.
Cancer runs in his family. That's why, for him, early detection was a key.He urges all men to get screened early and often. A prostate cancer check should come at least once a year after 40, during a man's annual checkup.
Many men prefer the chemical test called PSA but they should also have the more traditional rectal exam to detect an enlarged prostate. Jim said having doctors at Avera McKennan who cared made the difference.
"My family physician and my urologist pushed for the second biopsy and that's when they found it," he said.
If you do get diagnosed with prostate cancer, there are many treatment options. After undergoing a minimally invasive surgery called Robotic Prostatectomy a few weeks ago, Jim feels great.
Though robotic arms do the cutting in Robotic Prostatectomy, the doctor is in full control at all times. The physician controls the surgical robot from a console while watching an H-D image of the prostate.
Urologists say men loose less blood with this type of procedure, so they have more energy afterward and recover quickly.