"Ten Years ago, I think I knew two people who had prostate cancer," said former East Peoria Mayor Dick Dotson.
"Now, I think a couple name a couple of dozen...maybe more".
This kitchen table conversation in the Dotson family isn't about politics –it's about prostate cancer.
"Around Christmas, I wasn't as jolly as I could have been, because I was facing a biopsy."
That because Dick Dotson knew his PSA levels had been climbing...and he was facing a biopsy...and the possibility he had prostate cancer.
"And, the biopsy showed that I had prostate cancer."
Dotson is recovering after cancer treatment involving both injections and radiation. The radiation mirroring the treatment undergone by News 25 weatherman Lee Ranson.
There were side effects..."unpleasant" Dotson calls them.
"The last couple of weeks were, really bad, but... compared to what some people go through with cancer, this was a piece of cake.
As unpleasant as they were, it didn't interrupt my life. I never missed my golf foursome. But, if I had to do it over, ...I'd do the same thing again."
Dick Dotson's PSA levels are back down to normal levels.
As with any cancer treatment, there will be continuing follow–up care.
Now, the recommendations are screenings should be given to men over fifty, African–American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.
The number to sign up for the free screenings is 683–0658.
You do need a reservation so if you're interested give that number a call.