Being that the US is - by and large - the wealthiest, most educated, resource-hogging, comsumption-driven population on the planet, we have a tendency to be the best and the worst of everything.
We have the best medical technology on the planet - but it is also the most expensive, and is completely out of reach for some of our own people. We have the best enviromental technology in the world, but we are also the leading (or very near the top) polluter in the world. And on, and on...
Sideways comment - After years of denial, it is dawning on me that our love affair with red meat may have a serious connecton with our (the US's) health status - which is a complete bummer becasue you GOTTA have a steak every once in a while. Right? Excuse me, I think I hear my arteries hardening.
Age: 53; 52 at DX
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late
Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5.
Feb 2008: PSA 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were
cancerous and the 6th was suspect.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.
Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph node and nerve samples taken, and appeared to be cancer free.
July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.
Nov 2008: PSA at 6 months was undetectable.
Feb 2009: PSA at 9 months was undetectable.
May 2009: PSA at 12 months was undectable.