MIDLAND DAILY NEWS Editorial: Glenn's prostate cancer announcement may inspire others to get checked by doctors

In his first term as a state representative, Midland’s Gary Glenn has made quite an impact.

Last month, Glenn, a Republican, was named the Michigan Legislature’s “freshman of the year” for 2015 by Michigan Information and Research Service. The Michigan Capitol News Service cited Glenn’s position as vice chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee and work he has done on pending energy legislation as well as bills the representative has introduced on tax policy and civil asset forfeiture.

Just recently, Glenn made an announcement that also could have quite an impact — he has prostate cancer.

Glenn, 57, said the diagnosis was made following an MRI that had been expected to identify the source of nerve pain in his right leg. He went public with his diagnosis because he wanted voters to know.

Glenn says his doctors have indicated the cancer is treatable.

By choosing to make this public, Glenn just may have inspired other men to get checked out for prostate cancer, which is the most common form of cancer among American men. According to the American Cancer Society, one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society’s notes that about 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be reported this year, while about 27,540 deaths likely will stem from prostate cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind only lung cancer.

We encourage adult males over the age of 40 to get tested for prostate cancer. About 6 cases in 10 are diagnosed in men aged 65 or older, and it is rare before age 40. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 66.

Locally, more information can be obtained by contacting Midland’s Cancer Services at (989) 835-4841 or by visiting its website at www.cancerservicesmidland.org

Finally, we’d like to wish Glenn all the best in his fight against cancer.

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