As an individual who has had annual PSA testing since I turned 40, I support screening. If I was 45 when my cancer was diagnosed, I would say the screening age should be 40.
However, most of what I read says that 55 may be a more realistic age for annual screenings, based on when screenings seem to find majority of the PC. Perhaps we could screen for the HPC virus which is found in 43 % of the PC, at a young age, and then if negative, spread screenings out at longer intervals until age 55.
If we could take some of the funds not spent on negative screenings and put it towards better, cheaper, easier diagnostic tools, maybe almost like a home pregnancy test from urine, perhaps we could make some progress.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic 4/14/09 Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free 6 week PSA <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED. Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10, 9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01