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Local doctor, patient encourage older men to get tested regularly for prostate cancer

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — One in every seven men get prostate cancer in their lifetime.

It is the second-leading cause of male cancer-related deaths in the nation.

"It is a type of cancer where you can have it and not have any symptoms," Medical Director of Oncology Services at OSF St. Anthony, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmad said. "So that is what makes getting your yearly checkups with your primary care physician very important."

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and doctors recommend men get tested at 45, 40 if you are a black male.

Local survivor Gerry Burke got tested and was diagnosed with cancer in 2019.

Because Burke's cancer was caught early, he was cured through surgery and radiation with no major complications.

"It's better a biopsy than an autopsy," Burke said. "Cause if it is too late and it catches up to you, you are already behind the eight ball, you got nowhere to go and so get checked regularly and you know it always works out."

Testing for prostate cancer involves a blood test and physical exam.