Hartford HealthCare doctor stresses need for more office visits during Men's Health Month
It's Men's Health Month, and doctors say it’s a good time for men who don’t like to go to the doctor to get checked out.
Franck Coriolan from Bridgeport was having complications with urination last year and wouldn't go to the doctor. His six daughters told him he needed to go.
"We make sure we make these appointments, not just talk about it," said Regine Toussaint, Coriolan's daughter.
It was a good thing Coriolan went. Hartford HealthCare Urology Surgeon Dr. Keith O'Brien told him he had prostate cancer.
"We caught it early and we're just going to track it," said O'Brien.
Doctors say one in eight men can get prostate cancer and if caught in time it can be managed, unlike 30 years ago when men had their prostates removed if they had cancer.
"I was just so grateful that they found it early and now we know," said Toussaint.
Doctors know most men might be afraid or embarrassed to see a doctor, which is the case with Coriolan's Haitian culture. Doctors stress the need for more men to come in.
"It's just a way to be aware of what's going on with your body like a dashboard indicator so you can see if you need a checkup or something more," said O'Brien.
Coriolan has been married for 45 years and will now get to enjoy his beautiful family a lot longer.
"Overall he's still standing and I thank God for that," said Toussaint.