I'm with Goodlife.
I will continue to have mine checked to 2 decimals and will watch it like a hawk. If my 6 month PSA moves from 0.01 to 0.03 to 0.05 I will be on it so fast it will make my bladder spin.
I want the plan in place and the treatment ready if it rises above my set threshold.
I person receiving a one decimal result will never know until it flips from .1 to .2 and then, maybe, the doc would insist on another 3 month wait to make sure it was not a fluke. That can be 2 years after it has started to rise.
I liken the high resolution test to the advent of digital watches. Before we had them, a minute a day was considered ok. It did not make a difference in the long run. The meeting started anyway, you got to dinner on time. With digital watches now we expect them to be accurate to 1 second a month. It doesn't make a difference except when you are turning on the TV and want to see the first few seconds or are trying to catch the right train in Japan. Given that the mechanical and digital watches are the same price and durability which do you select? It is clear the industry has gone digital.
It is far better for us to have the information and use it wisely rather than not get it because someone else thinks it might confuse us or make us worry. Pushing the example further, why ask for the results at all? Let's have it sent directly to our Uros and PCPs and have them call us if they think we need to do something. That way we won't have to "worry our heads about
something we don't know anything about
". There is not a guy here who would accept that.
My heat breaks for vam4710 in this thread: Dad's PCa is back
The guy trusted his doc who clearly just put the results in the file without alert
ing him. Look at his stats. It will make your stomach turn.
I want all the ammunition I can get so that will not happen to me. I'll take 3 decimals if they give it.
Jeff (<0.01ng/ml by Roche Cobas 601 ECLIA)