LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A well known Lufkin man is thankful he caught two different types of cancer in time over the past few years. Coach Guy Davis is an advocate for annual check ups and says without them he may not be where he is today. The Angelina College's athletic director was able to still work each day while battling cancer.
A few years ago, Davis noticed discolored marks on his right arm.
"I had the spots that came up on my arm that never would heal," Davis said.
His wife also noticed the hard, white spots. She advised him to go to his doctor to get it checked out.
"It got diagnosed as skin cancer. After I had it taken off I asked the doctor would that have killed me," Davis said. "He said it probably wouldn't have killed you. It would've just rotted your arm off."
The coach is thankful he didn't wait any longer.
"I was blessed that they got it early and they fixed it," Davis said. "You just have to handle things as they come around."
Davis said when he was a child he was always outside.
"I ran around in the sun and that's where the skin cancer came from. It didn't come from now. It came from many years ago. You just need to get checked," Davis said.
Getting checked annually has become a priority for Angelina College's athletic director. In 2010, he learned of another diagnosis.
"He ran some tests and he said the only way I can know for sure is if we take biopsies," Davis said.
After his physical results came back he was referred to an urologist to perform 14 different biopsies on his prostate.
"Fortunately or unfortunately depending on how you look at it they came back positive, but it came back where they were encapsulated."
The prostate cancer had not spread anywhere else to his body and was caught in the early stages.
Davis traveled back and forth to Houston for 8 weeks for radiation treatments and still had enough energy to come back to work.
"I'm an advocate for males to go get checked and don't just rely on the PSA. You need to get it checked and if there's something, you need to go to an urologist and make sure. Once it gets in the bone then it becomes a major problem," Davis said.
Over the past few years Davis said he has seen cancer as hurdles he would eventually get over.
"I'm blessed with a great family; my wife and two kids," Davis said. "I have great people that I work with."
His driving force each day after battling cancer has been the hundreds of athletes he's had the opportunity to coach and mentor each season.