At the time I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I had just lost my wife to cancer. Ultimately, I wanted to live and I told myself that I refused to let cancer beat me. When I was first diagnosed, my prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level was 11, seven higher than the normal range. My first thought upon diagnosis was that I was going to get in, take care of it and put it behind me.
Dec. 5, 2011 (Tampa, Fla.) - Patsy Evans of Bradenton, Florida takes nothing for granted anymore. The 50-year-old mother of two was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. “When you hear stage four, you automatically think it's a death sentence,” Evans says. “I watched my mother lose her battle to cancer in 2003. When it came to telling my sons, I couldn't. My husband had to.” According to the American Cancer Society, there's a one in eight chance a woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That chance doubles if her mother has been diagnosed.