Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden reveals a health secret

Could it help other men get healthy?

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - A quick look around the Fort Pierce office of Garry Dundas and it's not hard to figure out where he went to school.  There is FSU paraphernalia everywhere.

Dundas is president of the Treasure Coast Seminole Club.  He's had many opportunities to meet Bobby Bowden face to face.  Tuesday's announcement that the coach had cancer stunned him.

"He never hinted at this, never mentioned it.  He never showed any sign of weakness," said Dundas.

Dundas says this story goes to the strength of the coach's faith, and his strength as a man.

"He's just the type of person that makes you feel good," said Dundas who spoke with a signed drawing of the coach over his shoulder.

But could Bowden's announcement that he beat prostate cancer get other men to feel better about their own health?

Doctor David Rodin is a urologist on staff at Martin Memorial Hospital.  He says by beginning screening at age 40 with the PSA blood test, most prostate cancers can be picked up at a very early stage where they can be treated and cured.

"I think over the last few decades, we've been a lot better at screening for prostate cancer since the advent of PSA.  PSA is not a perfect test but it is a good screening test," said Dr. Rodin.

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.  It's the most common cause of death from cancer in men over age 75.

Dr. Rodin says Bowden's story should inspire other men.

"I think it's a great thing. Someone who can come out and say I've had prostate cancer, I've been treated. I'm cured and doing well and I can still function and do my job," said Dr. Rodin.

Even though Bowden's job is no longer prowling the sidelines in Tallahassee, revealing his health secret could be just as important a job in the years to come.

Those at higher risk include:   African-American men, who are also likely to develop cancer at every age; Men older than 60; and men who have a father or brother with prostate cancer.


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