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Murray dentist advocates early detection for prostate cancer

During a routine check-up last year, Murray dentist William Pasco, D.M.D., learned his baseline PSA (prostate-specific antigen) score had doubled.

His family doctor referred him to Baptist Health urologist Michael Knox, M.D.   

“Dr. Knox did a biopsy and found out it was cancer,” Dr. Pasco said.

Dr. Knox explained the treatment option of surgery with the da Vinci robot, saying patients usually have a shorter hospital stay than those with traditional surgery. “Prostate cancer surgery with the da Vinci is less-invasive, you have a quicker recovery and less blood loss and you can return to work quicker,” Dr. Knox said of the da Vinci’s benefits.

Dr. Pasco chose that option. “I had heard about the da Vinci and knew it was a very state-of-the-art machine. Dr. Knox was able to do the surgery and not destroy any of my nerves on either side. I would highly recommend the machine and the doctor running it.

Dr. Pasco was back to work two weeks after the surgery.

“I was very pleased with the results, and the recovery was fast,” he said. “Dr. Knox is very attentive. It’s one thing to be a doctor, but it’s another to be a caregiver.”

Dr. Knox said men should request the PSA, a simple blood test that helps decrease prostate cancer mortality by 44 percent, during their check-ups. “We’re used to having our blood taken anyway,” Dr. Pasco said. “I’m living proof it all works.”

Baptist Health Paducah will offer a free breakfast seminar for men on prostate health from 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, in the Baptist Heart Center auditorium. The first 40 registrants -- 40 to 70 years old, not under a urologist’s care and not previously screened -- also may sign up for a free baseline prostate screening. Register: 270.575.2895.