COVINGTON -- First District County Commissioner-Elect John Douglas has announced that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He said the disease is now in stage 1 and doctors expect after treatment he will fully recover.
"I continue to look forward to serving the people of the first commission district beginning in January and there will be no change in that status," Douglas said in a printed press release to the Citizen Monday afternoon.
The release stated that the disease was discovered in September when he underwent a routine physical and was found to have a slightly elevated PSA number.
"Several weeks later I had a prostate biopsy and on Oct. 10, I was diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer," he said. "I had two other doctors review the diagnosis (and) both confirmed the cancer."
On Nov. 7, his 59th birthday, Douglas said he had a full body CT scan which determined the cancer has not spread and his lymph nodes, organs and bones are all clear.
"After Thanksgiving I will have the radiation seeds implanted in my prostate gland and begin 30 to 35 days of radiation treatment after Christmas," he said. "My doctors are confident that we will remove the cancer and I will see little interruption of my daily routine."
Douglas went on to state that being diagnosed with cancer is a life-changing event.
"I will become a strong advocate for cancer screening and use my new position to that end. I can't overstate the importance of middle age men undergoing regular PSA tests, women doing breast exams, never begin or stop smoking now, eating health foods and getting regular exercise," he said. "We only get one body and it requires care and maintenance. You don't realize how precious it is until it may be too late."