Happy belated birthday Tony! I lurk around this forum and it has been a great inspiration to me and especially the advice that you and others provide to help everyone here.
My experience with testing was that my doctors started me right on schedule (age 50). The routine testing continued until I was about
age 59 when the PSA became high enough to justify a biopsy. Over the next 10 years, I had a total of four biopsies before the cancer was detected. The DRE test never indicated any problems. My Urologist said more than once after inconclusive biopsies that he knew I had cancer but he just couldn’t find it.
Testing at 50 is something that has been ruled to be the cause of needless anxiety for many men and it leads to unnecessary procedures with long term implications. On the other hand, it is such a simple test that it seems foolish to not take it.
In my particular case, while I was just testing, I always had a concern about
the result. While I was doing biopsies I was very anxious about
the results. So I guess I had 18 years of mild anxiety. If I had never been tested and not done the surgery, I might have been dead but probably not yet since the Urologist said that the life expectancy after diagnosis was more than 5 years if I did nothing. Anyway I am still getting PSA tests and the numbers continue to grow slowly. So even after all these years, I am still anxious about
these test results that never will stop.
Age now 72, DX December 22, 2008
PSA 1998 5.2, 2000 2.5, 2003 5.4, 2004 7.4, 2005 15.9, 2006 20.5, 2007 31.5, 2008 34 and 32.9
Biopsy: 1998, 2003, 2006, 2008 (cancer found)
Di Vinci 2/10/2009, Austin TX, Pathology post surgery T3a, Gleason (4+3)7 with pos. margin 1-2 mm
Current PSA 04/2012 .079, 10/2011 0.045, 2/2011 0.033, 8/2011 0.015, 2/2010 0.02, 8/2009 0.01 going to 1 year testing cycle
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