Q: Could you please urge men to get regular prostate exams? I’m recovering from prostate surgery. It’s one of the most common cancers in men, and if you wait until you have symptoms, you’ve missed your best opportunity to cure it. Guys should begin PSA blood tests and digital rectal exams in their 40s and certainly by their 50s. There’s also a lot of evidence that improved diet could prevent the whole affair. — Owen M.
COACH FRED: I agree that this is crucial for men as they age. The most prominent example in cycling is Damon Phinney, father of Davis, the winningest road racer in U.S. history. Damon recently died after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Good luck in your recovery, Owen. I hope you can get back on the bike soon!