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Prostate, Prostate, Prostate, A Problem of Men C ity of London Councillor, Harold Usher has recently authored the book “Prostate, Prostate, Prostate, A Problem of Men”, co-authored by Dr. Joseph Chin, M.D., FRCSC. We met with Harold to get some background on what his reasons were for writing this book. Q A What motivated you to write this book? Firstly: my lack of knowledge about prostate cancer when I was first diagnosed. I knew nothing about the causes or effects, treatments and their effects or the possible outcomes. I spent much time researching all these before I felt ready to make a decision on treatment. Secondly: I realised that a healthy lifestyle is important and we men, in general, are not good at looking after our health. We tend not to go to doctors or hospitals unless we really have to. I felt like that but when I finally did, I was pleasantly surprised at the care and personal attention I received. Your book is about much more than prostate cancer. What was your goal when writing it? Q A 4 Yes, the first few chapters just talk a lot about men’s P R O STAT E ! P R O STAT E ! P R O S TAT E ! A Probl em Of Men An easy to read, caring and compassionate account for men, and women who have men in their lives Harold Usher, P.Eng., DTM Prostate Cancer Survivor health. I believe in taking care of yourself. Further on it’s about changing your lifestyle to improve your health. My goal was to put what I had learned from all my research into an easily understood format to be accessible to others: to present all the options and information on the diseases the prostate may be subject to, treatments, possible side effects and long term results – everything you need to know to understand how prostate problems, especially cancer, may affect your health. Men also need to realize that a change of lifestyle may be necessary to improve their health. You must make changes, mentally, physically and even socially. As a result of this I have changed my lifestyle drastically. Q Was Dr. Chin’s participation helpful in getting your message across? “When I read the first draft of Harold’s book, I recognized immediately that this book would make a worthwhile contribution to the area of patient information and education and I became an enthusiastic participant. I congratulate and applaud Harold for his initiative and his perseverance in putting this material together.” - Joseph Chin, M.D., FRCSC Joseph Chin, M.D., FRCSC Urologic Surgeon A Most certainly. First of all he pointed out the inaccuracies, offered updated information and added information to improve clarity. Joe emphasised the information had to be correct. Q A Your own journey to treatment of prostate cancer was long and convoluted. What would you recommend for others? Men should get regular checkups and, if they discover they have any prostate problems, they should take action as quickly as possible. It was two years from my diagnosis of prostate cancer to my decision on treatment. That was dangerously long. I was scared and went into denial for a while. When I finally accepted I had cancer and had to do something about it I didn’t understand the information. I needed it put in simple terms. So this book is written with that in mind. It does not make any suggestions to people, it just explains the options and advises them to see their physicians. It does, however, help them to ask the right questions. Available online at: www.trafford.com/06-0700

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Prostate, Prostate, Prostate, A Problem of Men<br /> <br /> C ity of London Councillor, Harold Usher has recently authored the book “Prostate, Prostate, Prostate, A Problem of Men”, co-authored by Dr. Joseph Chin, M.D., FRCSC.<br /> <br /> We met with Harold to get some background on what his reasons were for writing this book.<br /> <br /> Q What motivated you to write this book?<br /> <br /> A Firstly: my lack of knowledge about prostate cancer when I was first diagnosed. I knew nothing about the causes or effects, treatments and their effects or the possible outcomes. I spent much time researching all these before I felt ready to make a decision on treatment.<br /> <br /> Secondly: I realised that a healthy lifestyle is important and we men, in general, are not good at looking after our health. We tend not to go to doctors or hospitals unless we really have to. I felt like that but when I finally did, I was pleasantly surprised at the care and personal attention I received.<br /> <br /> Q Your book is about much more than prostate cancer. What was your goal when writing it?<br /> <br /> A Yes, the first few chapters just talk a lot about men’s health. I believe in taking care of yourself. Further on it’s about changing your lifestyle to improve your health. My goal was to put what I had learned from all my research into an easily understood format to be accessible to others: to present all the options and information on the diseases the prostate may be subject to, treatments, possible side effects and long term results – everything you need to know to understand how prostate problems, especially cancer, may affect your health.<br /> <br /> Men also need to realize that a change of lifestyle may be necessary to improve their health.<br /> <br /> You must make changes, mentally, physically and even socially. As a result of this I have changed my lifestyle drastically.<br /> <br /> Q Was Dr. Chin’s participation helpful in getting your message across?A Most certainly.<br /> <br /> First of all he pointed out the inaccuracies, offered updated information and added information to improve clarity. Joe emphasised the information had to be correct.<br /> <br /> Q Your own journey to treatment of prostate cancer was long and convoluted. What would you recommend for others?<br /> <br /> A Men should get regular checkups and, if they discover they have any prostate problems, they should take action as quickly as possible. It was two years from my diagnosis of prostate cancer to my decision on treatment. That was dangerously long. I was scared and went into denial for a while. When I finally accepted I had cancer and had to do something about it I didn’t understand the information. I needed it put in simple terms.<br /> <br /> So this book is written with that in mind. It does not make any suggestions to people, it just explains the options and advises them to see their physicians. It does, however, help them to ask the right questions.

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