* Rachel Hinton…
A state legislator who represents the West Side of Chicago hopes to use his surprising prostate cancer diagnosis to encourage residents to get screened too.
“When a doctor tells you you have an aggressive cancer and you have to have surgery, there’s automatically a feeling of fear,” Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“The moral of the story is if I hadn’t advocated for myself it would have metastasized and become a death sentence,” the legislator said.
Ford plans to talk about his experience — and urge others to be screened — Thursday morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to be there in support, Ford said. […]
Ford said his decision to speak out months after his surgery is also to address the disparities in life expectancy between Black and white men and help people “understand this issue.”
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