(AP) Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56. Fogelberg discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004.
Losses like these make my own battle with Prostate Cancer seem so insignificant. I think this story should underscore the importance of the simple blood test you guys can all have made in the doctor’s office. None of these horror scenes with the rubber glove up the tail pipe routine.
Frankly, if you have prostate cancer, and it’s first discovered through a digital exam—meaning, it’s a mass large enough to be detectable without the use of a microscope—you may have already lost some valuable time. While it’s tragic that the loss of a high-profile national treasure like Dan Fogelberg might move you, why not start the New Year knowing? And if you know, get the treatment that is there.
Prostate Cancer is managable; it’s curable; it need not be terminal. But you must know about it to beat it.