Dear Editor,

Big thanks to Mike Bettice and Kevin Chaffee for sharing their experience with prostate cancer (“Mayor, councilman share cancer journeys”, The Herald-Tribune, Sept. 27). However, you don’t have to travel to Florida for first class treatment. There are numerous skilled practitioners and treatment facilities right here in southeastern and central Indiana, and southwestern Ohio, many of which are “in network” in regional insurance plans.

In addition, I think it’s important for all men to be aware of the following symptoms common to both prostatitis and prostate cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic:

Pain or burning sensation when urinating (dysuria)

Difficulty urinating, such as dribbling or hesitant urination

Frequent urination, particularly at night (nocturia)

Urgent need to urinate

Cloudy urine

Blood in the urine

Pain in the abdomen, groin or lower back

They further suggest that men “make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you.”

Bill Betts, Batesville

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