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Decatur man hopes to educate others about prostate cancer

Derrick Shull said despite a healthy lifestyle, he was shocked by a prostate cancer diagnosis. (Source: WAFF) Derrick Shull said despite a healthy lifestyle, he was shocked by a prostate cancer diagnosis. (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

41 Year old Derrick Shull is on the move again, getting back to living life and enjoying every moment.  He said he recently had a routine medical checkup.

"I got a PSA test done and my PSA levels were high, so they put me on medication for a few weeks and it did not budge at all... so they sent me to a urologist," Shull said.

More tests included some biopsies of the prostate. The result - prostate cancer. He said his first thoughts were of shock and family history with cancer.  

"My mother has had breast cancer. I've had uncles with prostate cancer," he said.

But Derrick had no symptoms, and he always thought he was doing the right things, living clean and healthy. 

"I was always the person that was in the gym. In the afternoons I ride my bike. People who follow me or who know me, on a regular basis, I try to eat healthy," said Shull.

He said he felt the best option for him was to have the prostate removed. At the same time, he had a hernia repaired. On the day of our visit, he was recuperating at home and getting ready to return to work.

Derrick is well known from working in TV and radio for years. He has quite a following on Facebook. He hopes that many people can learn from his experience.  "If I can help other people to educate themselves on the importance of getting that PSA test, hopefully we can help save lives."

A great outlook during recovery. For more information about prostate cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

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