So Zierdt is urging all men to not only take their health seriously, but also figure out a way to make meaningful communication with their physician a reality.
Because of his health situation, he said, he believes his access to providers has been enhanced. But he believes every patient — men included — should be encouraged to contact their physicians when they have problems.
Technology has helped, too. At the Mankato Clinic where his regular physician is, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where his surgical team is, he’s been able to use online patient portals to communicate with physicians.
“Guys shouldn’t have any excuse,” he said. “Conversing with their doctor is an email away. That’s even easier than a phone call.”