Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas will soon begin treatment after he recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“It is not believed the cancer has spread beyond my prostate,” said Vrakas in a news release. “I feel lucky the cancer was detected when it was, and that I will soon begin treatment and get on the path to recovery
“While my treatment may have a short-term effect on my ability to attend as many community events as I would like, it will not hamper my ability to perform the other duties of my office or lessen my desire to continue serving the people of Waukesha County.”
Vrakas will receive treatment locally and at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center in San Diego, California. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 233,000 cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2014, according to Vrakas’ news.
Vrakas is also using his diagnosis to educate other men about the need for early detection in prostate cancer.
“I strongly encourage men to have annual physicals and to consult their doctor to determine the age appropriateness of additional medical screening,” Vrakas said.