MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Maurice Peagler of Montgomery was just 42 years old when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Since it was detected so early, Peagler says he was declared cancer free just months later.
"Early detection is so key, by being detected when it was in me, it probably saved my life," Peagler said.
Doctor Khalid Matin, an oconolgist with the Cancer Care Center of Montgomery says the number of patients with cancer increases as the population ages.
"In this area, we have seen a rise in lymphoma, myeloma, and as patients age we're seeing an increase in lung and colon cancers as well," Dr. Matin said.
Dr. Matin says no matter the cancer, going to the doctor at the first sign of symptoms can make the difference.
"By screening or by early tests, if we can diagnose the cancer early, the better chance we have to cure it and have that better outcome," Dr. Marin said.
Now Peagler, an Army veteran, leads a cancer support group and encourages men to go ahead and get the treatment they need.
"My message is always is life is better and if you can stay around for as long as the Lord put us here, you're better off," Peagler said.
For more information on cancer treatment and prevention, you can visit the American Cancer Society's website at www.cancer.org.