Lloyd Martin's Story

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Lloyd Martin Takes His Message to the Faithful
and anyone who will listen

Lloyd Martin is on a mission of salvation. When he stands before men and women gathered in churches and other locations, he speaks with the passion of a preacher intent on saving his flock. In this case, though, Martin is on a mission to save not souls, but lives. 

Martin’s message is simple but powerful: men need to pay attention to prostate cancer. Especially African-American men. He speaks from the gut about his own experience with the disease. He doesn’t mince words or spare details. If he needs to scare people into going to a doctor and getting checked, so be it. 

“I came face to face with my own mortality,” Martin says. “I thought about my wife and sons, and the hardship my death would bring them. I thought about how we are enmeshed in a culture that doesn’t talk about prostate cancer or go to doctors, and how stupid that is. I used to think if I got one man in an audience to get screened, I had done my job. Now I realize I need every man to get screened because I can’t stand the thought of losing one more husband, father or breadwinner.” 

Martin’s mission started in 2007, when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 47.  He had no family history of cancer.  His dogged determination and gut feeling led him to endure five biopsies before arriving at the diagnosis. 

An African-American man originally from Jamaica, Lloyd felt he was unusual in that he did see a doctor.  Additionally, he took good care of himself and went for annual check-ups.  When his PSA level came back high, he realized he had been ignoring other symptoms of prostate disease.  Initial biopsies were negative, but his PSA remained high and symptoms persisted.  Eventually the diagnosis was confirmed.  He elected to undergo a radical prostatectomy using minimally invasive robotic surgery.  

After writing his first book and preaching to anyone who would listen in Philadelphia Martin started to take his message around the country and the globe. He moved to California and completed his second book Prostate Cancer and Me…Or You, The Two Stages (Man to Man). He still stay in contact with this friends in Philadelphia and at Urologic Consultants who have support him in his mission and journey. You can learn more about Lloyd Martin at http://www.prostatecancersvr.com/about-lloyd-martin.html

“Second only to skin cancer, prostate cancer affects one in seven American men,” says Dr. Laurence Belkoff. “The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 220,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, and more than 27,000 will die from prostate cancer. More African-American men will get prostate cancer than men of other races. African-American men are also more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage, and are more than twice as likely to die of prostate cancer as white men.

“Many of these deaths can be prevented if the disease is caught early,” Belkoff continues. “We recommend that men discuss screening with their doctors beginning at age 45, earlier if they are at higher risk. If prostate cancer is found early, there are more treatment options and hope for a cure.”