Being a math person and a number's person, I understand the stats, the percentages, and the relationship between the numbers. Unfortunately, I am a mere human too. Been through a lot of medical stuff, especially since age 28, so half my life has been fighting one malady after the other. It's no wonder that I looked 10-15 years older than my actual age. Good thing, is I get great senior discounts without either asking or being old enough.
I always seem to be the exception, the low percentage guy. With my prior cancers, they still know so little about it, they have actually lowered the already low number of known cases in the world, become they know now that some were mis-diagnosed. As it stands, my other cancers were one of only five known cases in the world. Can you believe that. I would have had more chances of winning the Lottery 4 consecutive weeks in a row, then to contract such a rare cancer.
Other than being exposed to a lot of toxic chemicals in my 20's, there is no rhyme or reason why I came down with it 3 times in a row.
I think that some people are just pre-disposed to certain things, perhaps because of genes, or defectivie genes. I am left handed, the only natural lefty my entire known family tree has ever known, and I am color blind, again, the only known one in my entire family. Where do traits like that come from?
Now, and call me paranoid, with this PC, I am fighting my 4th known cancer in barely 10 years. I don't smoke, I don't drink, don't do dangerous things or activities, not around noxious or toxic environments.
So something has to make the difference.
Sorry guys, just in a rare funk, probably slipping away into major depression again day by day. This PC doesn't help, neither does being out of work since last July, and at age 56, starting to feel like I have been cast aside and no longer needed.
I will get over this, eventually.
David in SC
PS> There is an entire mental health side to dealing with PC, or any other cancer. Often our spouses are unaware or don't know how to help. I am convinced that most regular doctors and specialists, i.e. Urologists, etc. are just plain numb to the mental effects of having the stigma of cancer, let alone living with it ,and dealing with it. Wish there were more concern in that area, because I know that many suffer everyday from the unseen grips of low self esteem and depression.
Age 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