Wracking your brain for the perfect dad's day gift? Forget the tie. Get your dad or hubby something that’ll really show him how much he's loved: a blood test. Yup, you read that right: a blood test. Make an appointment for him to have a simple PSA test that screens for prostate cancer. Then make sure he actually goes for it, with or without you.
This little two-minute test (in the arm, by the way, just so we're straight on that) could save his life. It did for a close friend of mine. Fit, active, and with no symptoms or family history whatsoever, this 52-year-old man’s prostate cancer was detected by a routine blood test during his annual physical. Fortunately, it was caught early and treated successfully. If he hadn’t had that PSA test when he did, the cancer would most likely have spread and the outcome would have been very, very different.
One in six men will get prostate cancer in his lifetime; about 235,000 Americans will be diagnosed with it this year. And as my example shows, it is not just a disease of the elderly, either.
So for this Father’s Day, give your dad or hubby the perfect one-size-fits-all, no-need-to-return-it gift: make him an appointment for the PSA blood test, and then, make sure he goes for it. No wrapping other than a teeny band-aid required, too.
PS: Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. If you've already gone for your PSA test, then go ahead and tie one on.