Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the U.S. This year, 230,000 men will be diagnosed, and the rate is increasing by 10 percent each year.

Bob Marckini’s journey started 12 years ago when his older brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Like most men, he opted for the gold standard of prostate cancer treatment — surgery.  But Bob watched him suffer through the nasty side effects and long recovery period, and he vowed that if he was ever diagnosed with prostate cancer, he would find a better option than surgery. And he did.

When he was diagnosed two years later, he began a long process of researching new options. He says every specialist he went to simply recommended their area of specialty. Then he came across Proton Beam Therapy, which sounds cutting edge but has actually been around since the 1950s.

Bob chronicles his journey in his best-selling book, “You Can Beat Prostate Cancer and You Don’t Need Surgery to Do It.” He says the therapy is growing in popularity and now it’s even approved by most insurance carriers.

Find out how the treatment works and how it can help you maintain your normal life. Plus, find out what
Bob’s “Brotherhood of the Balloon” group is all about.

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