Brian St. Clair

Brian St. Clair performing with Local H in 2011.

Matt Birhanzel

Brian St. Clair, the former drummer for rock bands Local H and Triple Fast Action, was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to Chicagoist.

“I’m only 45 so this was a huge wake up call for me,” St. Clair said in a statement to Chicagoist. “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, who now runs the tour management and production company Tour Time Productions, will be undergoing treatments at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.

“Staying positive and healthy living are both a major part of my plan," he continued. "This cancer is a serious diagnosis, but I’ve got a lot more to accomplish both on and off the road."

St. Clair is encouraging others to learn about prostate cancer and get regular screenings.

“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,” he said. "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.”