In one of the web casts I've seen hosted by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition, which I am a member, a discussion was about
men in their 40's having a higher degree of advanced, or more aggressive disease. There is no scientific data to support that. The discussion went on to suggest that the reason that the higher occurance of advanced disease is attributed to the prostate cancer guidlines that standardize men being screened starting at age 50 (45 in african americans or those who have family members with Dx). The 50/45 rule makes those under 50 with less aggresive cancers undetected until they start having PSA tests. Thus, the men who have been diagnosed with it in their 40's had symptoms in many cases. Thus they were tested and found with advanced disease (as most symptomatic cases are). If the 50/45 guideline was changed to 40/35, I believe that there would be an equal ratio of advanced versus easrly stage disease in ages 40 and above.
This site allows us the ability to post, edit posts, and delete posts. After posting over 1300 times here I have made, I like to think, great posts, and regretably, bad posts as in one that I made a couple weeks back. I have also retracted posts because others don't share my views on disease, religion, or I simply rethought about
it and changed my view. As some feel that women shouldn't be moderators here, I too face those that would like to censor use of terms like "God Bless you" and "I will pray for you" or any mention of religous theology. I don't agree that anyone was ever hurt by it, and it is a part of my coping with advanced cancer. But I stopped it because the tension was degrading this wonderful site.
I think we all have more important things to worry about
. Thank you for posting peacefully.
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09.
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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