I am thankful that you don't have PC at this point in your life, and I pray you never do. I read your post, and I respect your opinion, as all our opinions are equal here, at least to me. But I strongly disagree with your sentiments. There are still over 250,000 genuine new cases of PC a year in this country, and probably be a whole lot more if more men would get tested, and there are still over 25,000 deaths a year reported. Big killer of men. And this doesn't account for who knows how many tens or hundreds of thousands of men that do have PC in low doses and non-agressive strands that might never know in their lifetimes that they even had it.
When you have the real dx for PC, its not just a simple knee jerk reaction to the "C" word as some indicate. If you were in your 40s-to around 60, and you had a firm dx for PC, it will make you examine the whole rest of your life. It will make you think about
your spouse, if you have one, your children, if you have them or want them in the future, you go through an immense range of feelings, thoughts and emotions.
My doctors didn't push me into anything against my will, nor did they think I was overeacting, I listened to their opinions on my many tests, scans, etc, and took into account their educated opinions of where they thought I stood then, and in the future, if I chose treatment, or if I didn't choose.
Some how, your post struck a sore nerve with me, perhaps I am just being too sensitive.
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3,9/8 14.5
3rd Biopsy Sept 08: Positive 7 of 7 cores, 40-90%, Gleason 7, 4+3
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Right nerves spared, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9 .05, 6 month on 5/9