A new approach to PSA testing, Newsday Article

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   Posted 9/19/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I found the above referrenced article in today's newspaper.  It seems researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and colleagues from Lund University in Sweden are saying this........"At age 60, half of all men with a PSA of 1.0 or lower are at very low risk of prostate cancer, and it is difficult to see how they would benefit from further screening.  But 90% of men who die from prostate cancer have a reading of 2.0 or higher and should continue screening."
"Blood samples were analyzed in 1981/82 from 1167 men who were born in 1921 and compared against cancer registries through 2006 at which time the men had either died or reached their 85th birthday.  There were 43 cases of advanced PCa and 35 deaths from PCa.  The advanced cases and deaths were concentrated in the group whose PSA values were 2.0 or higher @ age 60."
I was feeling well until I picked up today's paper! confused  

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   Posted 9/19/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think anyone on this forum finds that surprising..

With the new Four Gene Signature Urine Test coming online, prostate cancer testing will become far more precise and needless biopsies avoided..

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   Posted 9/19/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunbirds quote said ""At age 60, half of all men with a PSA of 1.0 or lower are at very low risk of prostate cancer, and it is difficult to see how they would benefit from further screening."

How do you know which half to stop screening?

Reminds me of another (business related) quote "Half of all money spent on advertising is a waste. Unfortunately, nobody knows which half"

Here are some of my stats:
Father diagnosed with PC at age 72 - wasn't contained to prostate when found in 1992.
My PSA rose from 3.2 to 5.1 over the course of 1.5 years with Free PSA at 25% for the last two tests.
DRE showed no evidence of tumor but Uro thought my prostate was a little large for someone my age
PCa diagnosed 4/6/10 after biopsy on 4/1/10
1 out of 12 biopsy samples was positive with 5% of biopsy sample cancerous
Gleason 3+4
Da Vinci surgery on 6/1/10
Pathology report shows cancer confined to prostate and all other tissue clean
PSA tested on 7/15/10: Zero Club membership card issued (trial membership with 90 day renewal)
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