That's a good point Phenom. Can you imagine the doctor/patient confab? Dr.: I think you should have a PSA test.
Dr. Because you're of an age where prostate cancer could be an issue.
Patient. Well, OK, if you think I should.
Dr. But, I must warn you. A needle will pierce your skin. Blood will be removed from your body and examined by by an impartial third party.
Dr. Wait. It gets worse. If your PSA is found to be elevated, a chain of dangerous, potentially life threatening series of events may be unleashed. A report of an elevated PSA may cause you to sink into a deep depression; it may cause thoughts of suicide; you may be shunned by your co-workers; your dog may no longer be your best friend. The side effects are even worse than some of the cold remedies advertised on the 6 o'clock news!
Patient: Oh, crap!
Dr.: And the test may also lead me to request your permission to perform a digital rectal exam, a procedure worse than most of the tortures inflicted during the dreaded Spanish Inquisition. My middle finger will probe your nether regions, looking for surface irregularities or certain textures regarding your prostate gland. It's sort of like sodomy, really.
Patient: I'm breaking into a sweat.
Dr.: And if the DRE isn't bad enough, I may want to do a biopsy. An even larger mechanical probe will be inserted into your bum, and as many as 12 pieces of your precious gland will be extracted microscopic examination. The needle will pierce you bowel with each of the 12 extractions. This is a horrible procedure, and some patients have been known to grimace or say "Ouch!"
Patient: Is there more?
Dr.: Yes, unfortunately there is. If we find you have cancer, we may actually want to attempt to cure you and extend your life. We'll go after that prostate in full force. We'll freeze it, radiate it, burn it, or rip it out using the impersonal, mechanical fingers of the DaVinci machine. As you recover, you may be unableto control your urine, and sex as you currently know it may become a thing of the past. There's even a chance you'll die on the operating table.
Now, shall I draw the blood for the PSA test?
The doctor turns to look at the patient, but all he sees is an empty chair as the door to the exam room swings closed behind the swiftly running patient.
Yep, that PSA test is one dangerous, horrible procedure. That's for sure!
---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Great job clocknut !!!! is this what it all really boils down to ?? What is everyone thinking [img]/community/emoticons/shakehead.gif[/img] !!!!
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