Trumbull man cancer-free thanks to early detection, screening for prostate cancer

Jeffrey Wood, of Trumbull, says he never thought about getting screened until his brother was diagnosed.

News 12 Staff

Nov 13, 2020, 12:58 AM

Updated 1,308 days ago

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November is a time when doctors want to raise awareness about men's health, specifically with concerns about prostate cancer.
Dr. Joseph Wagner says 1 in 9 men will develop prostate cancer in their lives, and aside from skin cancer it's the No. 1 cancer diagnosis in American men. They say early detection is key.
Jeffrey Wood, of Trumbull, knows about detection. Wood says he never thought about getting screened until his brother was diagnosed. So, the 54-year-old went to his doctor to get screened.
Dr. Wagner noticed a problem and performed a biopsy. Wood was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but luckily Wagner was able to remove it all during surgery at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport. Wood didn't need any other treatment.
"You hear the words 'you have cancer,' so at that point you're a little stunned and numb if I had to categorize it," says Wood. "But once you kind of get over that initial feeling then you're asking what's next."
Dr. Wagner says many men let the symptoms go undetected.
"Men tend not to go for prostate cancer screenings, and men tend to engage in riskier behaviors like alcohol use, illicit drug use, smoking, etc.," says Dr. Wagner.
Wood is now cancer-free.
Wood says he's grateful that it was detected early. He urges all men to get screened.


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