African American men are much more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than other men.
Yet sometimes their doctors don’t tell them they need to be screened for this deadly cancer.
That’s what happened to Floyd Gossett. So when he got his diagnosis he was “surprised, definitely surprised.”
Gossett walks with a cane these days, a result of the fatigue he feels as he battles prostate cancer. His cancer might have been discovered a year earlier had a doctor not dissuaded him from getting screened.
“I’d asked for a PSA test a year before,” he said. “But it wasn’t my primary doctor. And he had given me the message that ‘I didn’t want you to go through an unnecessary procedure.’ So, therefore, I took it for face value and I let it go.”
Then he began having problems with incontinence. He told his primary care physician.
“And she said ‘Floyd, go take a blood test,’” he recalled.
The blood test is a Prostate-specific antigen or PSA test.
“The next day she called me and said ‘you need to go see a urologist as soon as possible,’” Gossett said.
He would find out he had stage 4 prostate cancer.
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When he got the difficult diagnosis, Floyd Gossett came here for treatment at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
And he was in for another shock, too.
“I walked through the door and the nurse, she said that’s going to be your physician over here,” said Gossett. “He was just coming to work.”
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