As the holidays approach, many prepare for a time spent around family and friends. But for some, the holidays serve as a solemn time due to the passing of those who would normally be around the table with cups of cheer.
Country star Keith Urban belongs to that second group of people as he prepares for the eight year anniversary of his father’s passing. Robert Urban passed away in December 2015 after a hard fought battle with cancer.
Keith spoke at his father’s funeral service later in Queensland, Australia, where he reflected on their time together. “I am so deeply grateful that Dad is not suffering anymore,” The Daily Telegraph Australia quoted the singer as telling mourners. “I loved him so much and did not want him to suffer like he was towards the end…he now has given me all the peace that I need to create this new spiritual relationship with my father.”
But is prostate cancer hereditary? According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are some ways to watch out for the cancer if you’re worried.
“It’s helpful to ask which of your relatives has had cancer, what type of cancer they were diagnosed with, and what ages those relatives were when they were diagnosed with cancer,” says urologist Samuel Haywood, MD.
“If you have a family history of prostate cancer or breast, ovarian, pancreatic or colorectal cancer, I would encourage you to discuss this information with your healthcare provider to see if genetic counseling and testing are appropriate so you can determine what options are available for cancer screening for you and other members of your family.”