In 2018, Tim Reed and Bill Keeler were both diagnosed with cancer. Tim received cancer information which led to radiation treatment for prostate cancer and Bill had surgery to treat colon cancer. In both cases, it was a simple medical test that first alerted them to their cancer and as a result, early detection saved their lives. Since then, Tim and Bill have been on a mission to inspire guys to screen for cancer.
The statistics don't lie. Men are stubborn when it comes to taking care of their health and often times delay or avoid the tests that detect cancer. Our objective is to remind, educate, and inspire the male gender to get tested for cancer. We're lucky to live in a time where cancer information and advancements in medicine has afforded us the opportunity to regularly test for this killer disease. The fact is, the only cancer cure currently known to man is early detection. Through our marketing efforts we hope to significantly increase the number of men here in Central New York whose lives are saved because they took the time to get tested.
Real Men Get Tested offers a printable pledge that can be downloaded here, printed and presented to a special man (or men) in your life as a commitment to get tested. It makes for an amazing gift to give to a loved one as ultimately, taking the time go through the testing can add years to a man's life. Remember, preventing or surviving cancer is not just about the individual; it's about everyone around him including his family, friends and co-workers.
If you're experiencing any of the signs below, please see your doctor. Having one or more of the symptoms could be absolutely nothing; but, it could also mean cancer. The reason it's important to get tested is that most cancers are treatable when detected at an early stage. Plus, many of the tests for cancer are simple and easy, and trust us, they're all far better than fighting cancer with chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Real Men Get Tested!
1- Stomach pain and depression can mean Pancreatic Cancer
2- Pain that persists for more than a month could mean bone or brain cancer. See a doctor to
3- A nagging cough that lasts over 3 or 4 weeks, or coughing up blood. Whether you're a
smoker or not, see your doctor.
4- Fatigue. Bone-deep tiredness that doesn't go away, no matter how much sleep you get.
5- Breast changes; yes, even in men. On average, over 2000 men will be diagnosed with breast
cancer in the U.S. every year. If you find a lump, tell your doctor and have it checked. Early
detection saves lives.
6- A fever that doesn't go away could mean leukemia or blood cancer.
7- Weight loss without trying could be a sign of certain types of cancer.
8- Mouth Changes. Look for white, red or yellow patches inside the mouth or on the lips, or a
canker sore that looks like an ulcer with a crater. This could be a sign of mouth cancer. Talk to
your doctor or dentist.
9- Heartburn could mean stomach or throat cancer. Heartburn can also lead to Barrett's
Esophagus which when untreated, can develop into cancer.
10- Trouble swallowing can be a sign of throat or stomach cancer.
11- Changes in lymph nodes, the small bean-like glands in your neck, arm pits and other places,
usually means your immune system is fighting off something like a cold or virus. If it persists
for longer than 3 or 4 weeks, see your doctor.
12- Skin issues like changes in size, color or shape of a mole or brown spots. This could be a
sign of skin cancer.
13- Blood in your urine or stool can mean kidney, bladder or colon cancer. Talk to your doctor
about getting tested.
14- A lump, heaviness or changes in your testicles. This could mean testicular cancer.
15- Trouble when urinating could be an enlarged prostate. It could also mean prostate cancer.
Talk to your doctor about a PSA test, a simple blood test that tests for prostate cancer.