Speech to Text for Ending the stigma around prostate cancer screenings
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"talking about our bodies can be uncomfortable. having a doctor examine our most personal areas can be so uncomfortable that people avoid it altogether. " eric werner was 56 years old when his wife insisted he get a full body check-up that included his first colonoscopy in about 10 years. this lead to a psa blood testand a digital rectal exam. eric werner/prostate cancer survivor: "sometimes you just gotta suck it up and get it done." 11 of the 12 samples from his rectal biopsy came back positive for prostate cancer. he had no symptoms. eric was told he wouldn't make it five years, so he got it removed. eric werner/prostate cancer survivor: "i said sign me up i wanna live, you know. i have kids, and a granddaughter, and life is more important than things." doctors at providence say that these annual screeningswhile uncomfortablesave lives. dr. kadi-ann bryan/rogue valley urology: "i generally find for most men it's not as bad as they anticipate." a routine screening consists of a blood testand a doctor sticking their fingers into the rectum to check the texture of the prostate. dr. kadi-ann bryan/urologist: "the first thing a lot of them do is look at my hands and they're like 'okay fine'. so find a doctor with small hands." dr. bryan tells me that there's an unecessary stigma with men when it comes to getting their genitalia examined. dr. kadi-ann bryan/urologist: "doing your prostate exam is the same as listening to your heart, or looking at your eyes. this is normal routine." she says it's up to doctors to normalize itand up to the people in a man's life to push for it. dr. kadi-ann bryan/urologist: "partners, wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters. you should strongly advocate that the men in your lives get checked." while having genetalia and surrounding areas examined is uncomfortableit can save your life. eric werner/prostate cancer survivor: "just start asking people, you'll find somebody else that says 'yea i know somebody that had it, and i know somebody that died from it'. so, for something that's avoidable you know, just suck it up and get it done." reporting in medford, kate houston, newswatch12.