Tom Wolf: It wasn’t luck that detected my treatable cancer

Frances and I recently learned I have prostate cancer that was thankfully detected early after a regular checkup revealed abnormalities.

I am very thankful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of Pennsylvania.

These treatments do not present any impairment to my ability to perform my duties as governor.

And while prostate cancer can be a serious disease, it has a nearly 100% survival rate if detected early, which is one of the reasons why I decided to make my diagnosis public.

It wasn’t luck that caught this at such an early stage — it was a regular checkup with my doctor.

Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The majority of cases are detected in men aged 65 or older. Depending on health history, all men aged between 45 and 50 should have a conversation with their doctor about beginning regular screenings.

I’m 67 years old — just above the average age for prostate cancer — and I’ve been getting screenings as part of my regular checkup for years.

I encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure they schedule checkups with their doctors and to learn more about screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.

Here’s a helpful article from the American Cancer Society on the regular screenings men and women should get:

American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer
http://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/cancerscreeningguidelines/american-cancer-society-guidelines-for-the-early-detection-of-cancer

As your governor, as a husband, and as a father of two wonderful daughters, I promise to keep fighting for increased access to healthcare for all Pennsylvanians and increased awareness on the importance of routine checkups and screenings.

Thank you.