Grammy nominated country music artist and Kentucky native Eddie Montgomery opened up to Coping with Cancer magazine in the January/February issue about his fight against prostate cancer and his efforts to encourage men of all ages to get their prostate checked.
Montgomery told the publication he first learned of his diagnoses after speaking up about a pain he was experience on his hip. The doctor conducted a X-ray and saw a shadow. The doctor recommended Montgomery see a prostate doctor immediately.
“It freaked me out,” Montgomery said in an interview with Coping with Cancer magazine. He was told he would need to undergo surgery to remove the cancerous tumor on his 47th birthday. Montogmery’s father lost his own battle with prostate cancer at the age of 52. “When I found out, it tore me up.”
Montgomery’s cancer was caught in the early stages and surgery was successful. He received great support from his family, friends, Troy Gentry, and many fans of Montgomery Gentry, he told the publication.
Today, Montgomery is back to performing and recording music. He began 2012 on tour and up for an award, Montgomery Gentry has been nominated for the 2012 Vocal Duo of the Year by the Academy of Country Music Awards. He strives to share his story with others and bring more awareness to prostate cancer.
According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. When detected early, it can be effectively treated.
“I didn’t know how many men – how many actors, celebrities, and young guys have already been going through this. I mean it is unbelievable. I can’t believe there’s not more talk about it,” Montgomery said.
Symptoms of prostate cancer
There are usually no symptoms associated with the early onset of prostate cancer. Early detection test such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and the digital rectal exam (DRE) are the most common ways to identify its presence. Most advance symptoms of prostate cancer include the following:
- weak or interrupted flow of urine
- blood in urine
- pain in hips, ribs or spine
- urinating often, especially at night
Information provided by UK HealthCare