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Health Plus: Men's health

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June is Men's Health Month.

The purpose is to remind us about preventable problems and early detection.

In Health Plus, one prostate cancer survivor who doesn't want you to miss a check-up.

At 65, Dean Zupke is enjoying retirement from John Deere.

But a prostate cancer battle slowed him down.

"I've changed my life. My life is not what it was 2 years ago."

The Sumner man, who never missed a check-up, was diagnosed two years ago when his PSA count went up.

"Anybody, if I could get somebody to do an early test and to start with a, instead of a 4.3 PSA to start with a 2.5 PSA and have somebody be concerned about it."

After surgery, his cancer returned.

In March, Dean finished seven weeks of radiation at Waterloo's Covenant Cancer Treatment Center.

"That's why you have to do serial exams. Not just say, 'hey, this year everything's good. I'm going to skip it for a few years. You know maybe I don't wanna see the doctor because things are a little tight budgetary-wise,' you know, it's still important to go," says his doctor.

Dr. Vandana Jain, his radiation oncologist, encourages men, especially, to get screened before it's too late.

"If you catch it early, then there's a chance of cure. If you catch it late then, unfortunately, if it spreads and sets in the bones it can be a very painful way to go," she says.

Dean says along with his faith, his wife, Judy, their children and grandchildren motivated him during his cancer struggle.

In Waterloo, Tara Thomas, Iowa's News Channel Seven

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