My local paper just ran a story yesterday about doctors telling men who are screening for prostate CA to start taking finasteride (ie Proscar) to decrease the odds of prostate cancer by 25%. The most disturbing thing to me about this article is the author's comments about Prostate CA and I quote ,"about 186,000 American men this year will be told they have cancer of the prostate. The disease is often diagnosed from a biopsy after a suspicious PSA blood test..........PSA can be high for many reasons, and there's no proof that screening saves lives-the reason no major cancer groups recommend it. Most men over 55 get the test anyway, then face a dilemma if cancer is found. It usually grows so slowly it is not life-threatening, but it can prove fatal. Treatments often causes sexual or bladder control problems. "We still don't know if screening and aggressive treatment is a good thing,".........said American Cancer Society's chief medical officer, Dr. Otis Brawley
So all you guys out there, (like me), was it worth it to you to find out you had prostate cancer? Or would it have been better if we had just forgotten about taking the annual PSA test and went on our merry way with our lives oblivious to this condition. Honest answers please, I want to know how you feel about this...........................
my age=52 when all this happened,
PSA went from 1.9 to 2.85 in one year, urologist ordered biopsy,
First biopsy on 03/08, "suspicious for cancer but not diagnostic"
Second biopsy on 08/08, 2/12 cores positive for Prostate Cancer on R side, 1 core=5% Ca, other core = 25% Ca, Gleason Score= 3+3=6 both cores,
Clinical Stage T1C
Bilateral nerve sparing Robotic Surgery on 09/11/08, pathological stage T2A at surgery,
No signs of spread, organ contained,
First post-op PSA=.01 on 10/15/08,
Second post-op PSA <.01 on 01/15/09,
Incontinence gone in early December '08,
ED remains, using daily Viagra and 2x/wk bimix/trimix injections for penile rehab