You might recognize Matt Morano from News 14’s Weather On The Ones on weekday mornings from 5 to 11 a.m. Morano has been working as the morning meteorologist for News 14 since 2005. In recent weeks, Morano was missing from the daily morning broadcasts. He talked with Lake Norman Magazine to tell us why and to relay an important message.
Q. Why were you off the air? I wish I could say I’ve been vacationing in Italy, but the truth is I’ve been recovering from prostate cancer surgery performed on May 4.
Q. How did you find your cancer?My father died 10 years ago from prostate cancer that spread to his bones and stomach. Since then I’ve had an annual prostate exam and blood test from my urologist. During my exam in February of this year my urologist, Dr. Stewart Polsky of Carolina Urology, noted my PSA (Prostate-level antigen) was increasing over the last three years. He suggested, given my family history, I try more frequent testing. In March, we did a biopsy and the results were positive for cancer.
Q. What is your prognosis?
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I’m happy to say that no cancer was found in the pelvic lymph nodes, which were removed during surgery, or other tissue surrounding the prostate. So my outlook is a good one!
Q. What do you believe are some misconceptions men have about getting checked for prostate cancer?
I don’t think most men realize that prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. So this is serious. But it’s easy to get checked. A simple blood test annually is a first step. Combine that with a physical check of the prostate. A 20-minute office visit can set a benchmark level and even save your life.
Q. Do you have a message for others?
It’s not just an older man’s disease. Look at me, diagnosed at age 48. Sure, I was at a higher risk because of family history. But there may be a guy out there who is going to be the first in the family to get this cancer. And he could be age 40 or 60. Who knows? Get checked out. It’s an easy process. Better to be safe than sorry.
More information: Prostate Cancer Foundation, www.pcf.org