I would like to raise awareness of this terrible condition as, particularly in the UK, there is a lot of ignorance surrounding it
My husband had his first ever PSA test following an acute urinary retention episode at the grand old age of 59! Had he been tested earlier, perhaps the cancer would have been caught before it had spread to his bones and soft tissue
I have told people this and they too were as ignorant as we were about the importance of keeping a check on PSA levels in men of a certain age.
Can anyone tell me how it is that in the UK, around 35,000 men are diagnosed each year and around 10,000 lose their life to it whereas in the US, around 230,000 are diagnosed and 30,000 eventually die from it? I know this still demonstrates a horrendous figure in the US but the disparity confounds me. Is it because screening is so much more rigourous or is treatment more aggressive do you think?
I would like to know because clearly, in the UK, we have a lot to learn from our friends in the US
Age - 59
Dianosed - July 07
Gleason 8 (4+4)
PSA - 17
Bone Scan - August 07 revealed mets to spine, neck, rib, shoulder and pelvis
MRI - August 07 revealed seminal vesicle involvement
Treatment - Zolodex started on August 10th
First PSA test November 7th - 2.3
Second PSA test February 7th - 1.1