How to Qualify for Social Security Administration Benefits for Prostate Cancer

Social Security Administration assistance for prostate cancer How to Obtain Social Security Benefits for Prostate Cancer Treatment Medical conditions are always costly, and prostate cancer certainly is no exception. We are delighted to have a guest post today from Mr. Ram Meyyappan of Social Security Disability Help. You can find additional information at Please note that the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project does not provide guidance related to social security benefits nor do we endorse this organization. However, we do believe this is useful information as prostate cancer survivors begin to explore the possibility of obtaining SSA financial support. Mr. Meyyappan’s guest blog post follows: Prostate Cancer and Social Security Disability Benefits One of the main functions of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is to provide financial assistance to individuals who are expected to be out of work for a year or longer due to a disability. Prostate Cancer oftentimes prevents individuals from working for a year or longer. SSDI and SSI When you apply for disability benefits from the SSA, there are two programs that you may qualify for including SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). -In order to qualify for SSDI, you must have earned enough work credits. For most people, […] read more

How Spy Thriller Author Vince Flynn Succumbed to a Silent Killer

How Spy Thriller Author Vince Flynn Succumbed to a Silent Killer Spy Thriller Author Vince Flynn Dead at Age 47 – of Prostate Cancer! by Robert Warren Hess We learned last week that espionage thriller author Vince Flynn died on June 19, 2013, of prostate cancer at age 47. News reports tell us that Flynn was diagnosed in 2010 at age 43 with Stage 3 prostate cancer. Flynn wrote the Mitch Rapp novels about the CIA, three of which reached the Number 2 slot on USA Today’s list of best sellers. Flynn’s diagnosis and death highlight several key points that were made by two doctors on Fox New’s Sunday morning medical show, Housecall . . . Prostate cancer is not an old man’s disease Prostate cancers that appear early generally are aggressive (30,000 men die every year from prostate cancer) It’s critical to get a baseline PSA test at 35 and watch for any changes from one year to the next How to Make Your Prostate Cancer Risk Visible The best early indicator of prostate cancer is the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test. The PSA test isn’t perfect, but it is a good indicator, especially if you track your PSA’s trend over time. A simple way to do this is with […] read more

Sonodynamic and Photodynamic Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Recently, I’ve received a number of calls concerning alternative prostate cancer treatments. I’m not a physician and I don’t give medical advice but I do try and stay current with new treatment options. I recently was contacted by the Vice President and Founding Partner of Indiana Center for Advanced Medicine about their Sono Photodynamic Therapy program, which is a non-toxic and non-invasive alternative cancer treatment program. For more information on their treatment program, just click on the image below . . . ICAM has over 16,126 fans on Facebook. ICAM ON FACEBOOK. read more

Do You and Your Bike Like to Climb?

San Pedro Hill KOM route If You Like to Climb, You Can Win a Very Cool Cycling jersey If you do, you can win a very cool Prostate Cancer Awareness Project (PCAP) red polka do King of the Mountain or Queen of the Mountain climbing jersey. They are very cool. And you can only get one by wining your USA cycling age group in one of our three KOM/QOM competitions. Below is the  course up the switchbacks to the antennas at the top of San Pedro Hill (California) Play around with the categories and you can see the times for the men and women who have ridden it in your age category. If you don’t use Strava, you should give the tool a try. There’s a free account as well as the paid account. We have no financial relationship with Strava, but it’s a very cool application.   How to Join in the Fun Getting in the mix is easy. Just go to our Eventbrite site and sign up. The cost is just $25.00 and the proceeds go to prostate cancer prevention. Ready? Just click the button  below . . . read more

Prostate Cancer Awareness – A Missed Opportunity

Why do so Many of Us Think About Prostate Cancer Like Joe? by Robert Warren Hess When it comes to prostate cancer, we men are our own worst enemy. We just can’t seem to come to grips with the risk and the testing. I hope the story I’m about to tell will prevent you from becoming a “Joe” and, even better, ensure you don’t become one of the 30,000 American men who die each year from prostate cancer. The story begins about 11:30 am, on Sunday June 2, 2013, as I’m about halfway through my weekend bicycle ride from Manhattan Beach, over the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and up to the antenna farm where the old Nike site was located on top of San Pedro Hill. As usual, I was riding Fast Freddy, my Blinged-out Italian steel bike made by the Renzo Formigli workshop in Florence, Italy. If you’re not a cyclist, Freddy looks pretty normal. But if you are a cyclist, there’s a lot to attract your attention. Here’s what gets the conversation going: lugged steel frame; gold lugs – I think it’s real; deep rim Zipp wheels, and Shimano Ultegra electric shifting. Guys make a comment about Freddy and […] read more

How to Create a Great Lunch in Just 5:55.2 minutes

How to Make a Great Lunch in Just Under Six Minutes by Robert Warren Hess I’m always busy and I tend to grab the first edible thing I can put my hands on. My ability to eat just about anything was honed during my Army career. We ate whatever the mess sergeant put in our mess kits because we never knew when the next meal would arrive. But, this post is about how to get create something tasty and nutritious in just five minutes. As you can see from this image from my iPhone timer I didn’t quite make 5 minutes, but it was close. This Day was Salad Day so Here are my Ingredients . . . I always buy pre-washed salads and greens when I can get them. They cost a tad more, but the washing process is just to time consuming for me I like food with a bit of tanginess, so I like to include some kale, mustard greens, and arugula with my romaine i also love sweet peppers, so I buy bags of peppers like the ones you see here – these do take washing I use salsa for my salad dressing – it’s tangy […] read more

What are the Chances My Prostate Cancer Will Recur?

How Common Is Recurrence of Prostate Cancer? We get this question a lot – in fact it’s the most popular blog post on our website. So, here’s one answer: “Nearly 100% of men with prostate cancer can expect to live at least five years after the initial diagnosis. According to the American Cancer Society, 91% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive at least 10 years and 76% survive 15 years. Since many men who get prostate cancer are already elderly, they are more likely to die from other causes than the cancer. More than 90% of the time prostate cancer is discovered while it is either confined to the prostate gland or has spread beyond the prostate only to a small degree, referred to as regional spread. Among the less than 10% of men whose prostate cancers have already spread to distant parts of the body at the time of diagnosis, about 31% are expected to survive at least five years.” Source Read the full article on WebMD But, What can You do to Increase Your chances? I’ll be talking about that in my next post. read more

Prostate Cancer Resources Research Study Opportunity

Researchers at George Mason University (GMU) — in Fairfax, Virginia, USA — are conducting a study to learn more about how information and resources available on the Internet affect men’s experiences of living with prostate cancer. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of GMU. Your responses may help others understand how Internet sites related to prostate cancer can be improved. This study is open exclusively to male prostate cancer patients. The study involves completing an online survey, which should take you about 10 minutes or less. The survey will be accessible through Thursday, April 25, 2013. You can access the survey if you click here. Your answers will be confidential. Your participation is completely voluntary and the survey may be stopped at any time without any penalty to you. Note: For any question within the survey that does not offer/allow you to select a satisfactory answer or answers, please feel free to type your answer(s) in the box labeled “Other.” If you have additional questions of any type, please feel able to contact the study coordinator by e-mail. read more

How I Rode Around the World for Prostate Cancer Awareness

Prostate Cancer Circle the World Cycling Jersey Diet, Exercise, and Cancer By Robert Warren Hess I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2002, just a few weeks before my older sister succumbed to pancreatic cancer. As you might imagine, that was a very intense period of my life. Just like most people receiving a cancer diagnosis, I began an intense research program focused on what causes cancer, with a good dose of “why me?” thrown into the mix. I learned two things: 1) the medical community doesn’t really know the causes of cancer and (American Cancer Society) 2) there is a great deal of anecdotal research indicating that diet – poor eating habits – and lack of exercise are correlated with higher cancer rates (Prostate Cancer Foundation). So, being a good US Army alumnus, I looked around for things that I personally could do to reduce my risk of recurrence. I found that I personally can control just three cancer factors: 1) what I eat, 2) my exercise level, and 3) my mental outlook. What I Did I got back on my bicycle and in the last 10 years I have ridden over 23,000 miles. I went to a mostly vegetarian diet and dropped 20 lb., […] read more

Taking Prostate Cancer Awareness to the Solvang 4,000!

Robert Hess and two of PCAP’s board members rode the Solvang Century on March 8th as part of our prostate cancer awareness outreach program. Here we are – at least two of us – sporting our PCAP King of the Mountain jerseys. It was pretty windy for the first 50 miles, but miles 51 – 103 were beautiful, with mostly a tailwind. Isn’t that the best path through life:-) We were there in the PCAP Prostate Cancer Awareness Vehicle (PCAV) giving free cycling socks to guys who could tell us their PSA. The PCAP “PCAV” – Prostate Cancer Awareness Vehicle     Hope to see you give you some socks at out next event! PS: If you are a guy 35 or older, you should be testing annually for prostate cancer (the simple PSA blood test) and using your free prostate cancer early warning system at read more