Inner Strength- Meet Richard

Richard is used to taking on an immeasurable amount of responsibility. He’s a fourth generation owner and operator of the Columbia Restaurant Group, a husband to his childhood sweetheart, father of two and grandfather of five.

As if his plate weren’t full enough, Richard also coordinates a number of runs and events in support of cancer research. Richard received his own prostate cancer diagnosis on the day of his annual Run for Life event. Fortunately, he’d been diligent about getting annual screenings. Richard focused on the good news that thanks to his annual checkup his cancer was detected in early stages. At Moffitt he underwent HDR brachytherapy, high-dosage radiation which targets the cancer with radiation.  

"I was going to show men that cancer is not something to be afraid of. So, I was training for marathons. I had just finished the Boston Marathon five days before the procedure, and then just four days after it my doctor said I could resume normal activity. So I ran four miles. Then, two and a half weeks later, I had to go in for the second treatment, and four days later, I ran four miles again.”

 Know the Signs of Prostate Cancer

This One’s For the Tough Guys

Richard was proactive and made his health a priority, but it is easy for men to ignore signs when they don’t feel well. Some associate it with a sign of weakness if they let sickness derail them. This is just the way men are. Not so fast.

Men should go to the doctor annually even when they don’t think they are sick. Dr. Julio Pow-Sang, Urologist and chairman of the genitourinary oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, as well as chief of surgery and director of the robotics program,.says that our culture pressures men to be tough and often ignore annual screening opportunities. On the other hand, Pow-Sang says women are more frequent about getting screened every year through Pap tests, birth control, pregnancy care, and mammograms. Both men and women can benefit from getting screened at an annual checkup to help detect something serious like cancer.

Tough Guy Tips

In addition to scheduling regular checkups, including cancer screenings, here are some simple steps that a man can take to adopt a healthier lifestyle:

  • Refrain from smoking and using other forms of tobacco
  • Limit consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a nutritious diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Find ways to reduce stress, such as spending time with family members and close friends

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