Thanks to Richard Wassersug on the PPML...
Recent studies have suggested that we stop screening at 75 and above for prostate cancer. Studies show that benefits are dimished of treating the disease, so the highly publicized study has made it around the world telling us that the 75 year old won't likely benefit. I have been on the fence about it recently. Going against my instincts. I originally was for screening at 75 then wavered it.
OK I get to waver again, thanks to Richard.
Richard's father is in his 90's has a PSA of over 20. They know its likely prostate cancer. So why test? They want to know if it's in the family...I should have put this rgument together. Doctors are so busy just talking about the patient, they spend little time talking about it's genetics.
I was diagnosed at 44 by a chance screening in a physical. I was the only one who had prostate cancer in our family. Not my dad, not my brother and no one on mom's side. My dad turns 75 this year. His PSA is hoverig over 3.5, Should he have been tested at 76 and had prostate cancer, I would have had a reason to be tested at over 45. It is possible it would have saved a life. Just not the study patient's life.
Food for thought.
Thanks Richard...Amen brother...
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
My Journal is at Tony's Blog
My InfoLink page is at Tony's Prostate Cancer InfoLink Page
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 4/22/2009 12:13:58 AM (GMT-6)