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Mayor Kyle's early cancer detection key to success

Mayor Don Kyle is recuperating Tuesday after Monday's surgery to remove his cancerous prostate gland.

Following his surgery for colon cancer in 1985, the late President Reagan's surgeon pronounced him cancer-free.

That was because doctors caught the cancer early through regular examinations.

Mayor Kyle said he also expected to be free from cancer following the surgery because he had regular PSA blood tests to check the cancer marker, prostate-specific antigen.

A biopsy performed recently after his PSA level rose confirmed the cancer early, before other tests and examinations might have found the problem.

As Americans continue to live longer, more males will have prostate problems, including cancer. A regular PSA blood test can help give them quality lives.

After a couple of weeks at home, Mayor Kyle expects to be back at City Hall to phase in full resumption of his duties.

We all, of course, wish him well. We also urge all men, even if there is no history of prostate cancer in their families, to schedule regular tests. Early detection is vital.

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