When I was in my '20's and 30's, I ran (including a marathon in 1985, one of the stupidest things I ever did - humans aren't built to run that far). Eventually I injured my knee, and I turned to the stationary bike, 3-4 times a week, 45 minutes per session, hard exercise. Kept that up until my PC operation (rode for the last time two days before surgery).
I never went back to the bike - now I just walk when I can (the pressures of trying to keep my job during this Great Recession mean I often don't get home until late at night).
I miss the bike and being in shape, and I know it's stupid, but I just can't get back on. When I used to get off, my legs would be wobbly for a few seconds and my crotch area would be numb for a few minutes. I realize that there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support this, but I still wonder if all that pressure on that area for all those years caused/exacerbated my PC.
Anyway, thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
No family history of PC. PSA reading in 2000 was around 3.0 . Annual PSA readings gradually rose; no one said anything to me until my PSA reached 4.0 in September 2007, at which point my internist advised me to see a urologist.
Urologist advised a repeat PSA reading in six months = 4.0 . Diagnosed May 2008 at age 56 as a result of 12 core biopsy. Biopsy report by Bostwick Laboratories = Gleason 3 + 3.
Interviewed two urologists - the one who did the biopsy and another - the latter had the biopsy slides re-examined = Gleason 3 + 3.
Then went to M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston in July 2008 and met with a urologist and a radiologist. Biopsy slides re-examined yet again, this time by MDA's internal pathology department = Gleason 3 + 4.
Chose da Vinci surgery over proton beam therapy; surgery performed at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center on August 15, 2008. Post-operative pathology report = four tumors, carcinoma contained in prostate, clean (negative) margins, lymph nodes clear, seminal vesicles clear. Gleason = 4 + 3.
Minor temporary incontinence; current extent of ED uncertain due to lack of sexual partner; refused treatments for ED as being pointless under the circumstances.
November 2008 = <0.1 ["undetectable"]
June 2009 = <0.1
December 2009 = <0.1