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Bishop's message: Hell and back

11:17 PM, Jul 24, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Prostate cancer affects one in six men in the United States.

After skin cancer, it's the most common cancer for American men and not a topic men tend to discuss.

Research shows that black men are both more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and die from it, although the reasons aren't clear.

Bishop Rudolph McKissick Junior, pastor of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, is a prostate cancer survivor and now he wants to be a national advocate.

McKissick, who is the pastor of one of the most prominent and historical churches in Jacksonville, is using that platform to educate people about prostate cancer.

He had prostate surgery in May and when he returned to church he wasted no time sharing from the pulpit what the recovery process has been like.

"Over the last five weeks I'm not going to tell you no lies, I've been mad with God.  I bargained with God.  God I'm 47 I don't have no business having cancer in my body.  I don't have no business wearing no diaper, not knowing how to get to the bathroom. My bladder having its own mind, and I can't stop it when it comes," McKissick said. 

McKissick says, he believes that when you have an influential voice, it's good that people know that you go through things just like they go through.

McKissick says he found about the prostate cancer only after he had gone to the doctor for something else -- he had no symptoms.

Bishop McKissick says that talking about his victory over prostate cancer publicly is what's helping him to get through it.

"I believe that the church should be the number one vehicle of ministering to social needs, as well as spiritual," he said. 

But he hasn't dealt with prostate cancer alone, his three children and his wife Kimberly have been right by his side.

McKissick says if you're enduring prostate cancer right now you can overcome it.  You need to be patient with it. You need to do whatever the doctor tells you you need to do.   

If you're in the recovery stage of it do your kagel exercises.  If you're not going through it, tomorrow make an appointment. You know so many men are scared because you hear prostate exam you think the finger. If it means living take that 10 seconds of discomfort and get that test.  

Bishop McKissick says he wants to do more advocating and educating beyond the church.
     
Particularly in neighborhoods where men don't have insurance and may not be able to get to a doctor.
     
He also plans to partner with some in the medical field and the American Cancer Society to provide screenings.

If you would like to see some of the other initiatives he has in the works visit his website at HERE

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