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Brian St. Clair, Formerly Of Local H And Triple Fast Action, Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on May 20, 2014 6:00PM

Brian St. Clair during his tenure in Local H, photo by Wade Hawk.
Brian St. Clair has strong Chicago ties, having served for the last 14 years as drummer in Local H, and before that he sat behind the kit for local legends Triple Fast Action and the groundbreaking hardcore group Rights Of The Accused. Though he lives in Michigan now, he maintains his Chicago band ties through his tour management and production company, Tour Time Productions, working with acts including Cheap Trick and Liz Phair. He also manages to be one of the nicest, kindest people this writer has ever had the fortune to meet in the world that is rock and/or roll. So it's with great sadness we report that St. Clair was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.

In a statement he shared with Chicagoist, St. Clair says, “I’m only 45 so this was a huge wake up call for me. I’m hoping to raise awareness that it’s not just men in their 60s and beyond who are being diagnosed with this. I’m proof that even a younger man that is fit, active, and eats right can be stricken by this disease.”

St. Clair will be undergoing treatment at Detroit's Karmanos Cancer Institute. St. Clair's statement continues, "“Staying positive and healthy living are both a major part of my plan. This cancer is a serious diagnosis, but I’ve got a lot more to accomplish both on and off the road.”

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after skin cancer. St. Clair hopes that his facing this diagnosis head on and speaking out about it can help inspire others to learn more about prostate cancer, and either seek out regular screenings or take on their own diagnosis with positivity.

St. Clair's statement concludes, “Take it from me, you want to catch this early and the only way to do that is to have annual screenings with your doctor. This diagnosis is nothing to be ashamed of or to hesitate to share with your friends and family. Awareness is key and I encourage men, especially those with a family history of prostate cancer, to undergo an annual exam and have their PSA (prostate-specific antigen) checked.”

Our thoughts and support go out to St. Clair at this time and we hope his message of positivity helps others who hear it.