Reporter: Shannon Samson
Web Producer: Amber Griswold
Two Hoosier leaders have been diagnosed with the disease in the last few weeks. One in six men can expect to get it in their lifetime. The good news is the survival rate is getting better all the time.
A prominent civil rights leader died from prostate cancer last month.
A former Indiana lawmaker was diagnosed with the disease just last week.
It's news no one wants to hear, but it can be overcome.
Eight years after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Evansville Fire Chief George Flowers became Evansville's first African American Fire Chief. With all of his responsibilities, he still finds time to volunteer with the American Cancer Society to counsel newly diagnosed patients.
Flowers remembers all too well what it was like when he got the news.
"He said, 'The bad news is you do have prostate cancer.' And I don't think I can remember today, if I heard him say what the goods news was, even though I found out slowly that he didn't think that it had gotten out of the prostate."
Recently diagnosed, former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg says he's dealing with it day by day.
By the time Indiana Black Expo Founder Reverend Charles Williams was diagnosed, it was too late. These days, his case is exceptional.
A new report finds the five-year survival rate among men diagnosed with prostate cancer has risen from 70 percent in the 1970s to more than 99 percent now.
Flowers explains, "Early detection is the key. Prostate cancer is one of the most slow-growth cancers there are."
With drugs like Viagra available today that help with sexual side effects after treatment, Chief Flowers says there is nothing for men to fear. He pushes them to get tested and face any bad news with confidence.
"There is life after cancer, there is life. There is plenty of life after cancer, take it from me."
For Prostate Cancer Guidelines, click here.
For more information about the Reverend Williams, click here.