Where the rubber meets the road, the first line of the article:
"Men over the age of 75 should no longer be screened for prostate cancer because the potential harm from the test results -- both physical and psychological -- outweighs any potential benefit from treatment, a federal panel said Monday."
Now, I don't really understand what the physical harm from a syringe-drawn blood test is, unless they are lumping in biopsy procedures as part of the process of producing harm. I see that they are saying the potential harm comes from the results, so it is unclear what they are getting at, except for biopsy, and the resulting surgical, radiological, or other treatments they will choose.
There is a psychological impact, as I am sure we all will agree, of hearing you have the possibility of PCa. This part of the equation sometimes carries a greater danger of harm, in my opinion, that testing and biopsy. It's not one that I would avoid, just because of my age, when the end-life age limit is increasing yearly now, and productive living can continue routinely into the 90's.
This may be a case of the a non-expert panel still playing catchup with old concepts of our disease, like the medical community still behind the curve as far as recognizing the need for earlier testing of men below the now standard 50 age.
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08 Caverject started/stopped, aching. 2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
7/31/08 ED- Viagra, pump continues, no response- Trimix .10ml x 2 weekly continues
Post Surgery PSA's: 3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0, 9 mts.-0.