Me too. And only one category above might have caught us before the disease had spread. We likely would have needed to be screened every year starting at 40.
But you chose #2. And neither one of us chose the one that would have given us better chance. Interesting indeed.
I'm responding to both JerryL and Tony...
I chose #2 for my one year old son. He has a family history because of me---obviously, but, altho I was painted as a "screen the masses" in a previous thread, I think 35-40 is a decent baseline age for men seeking any kind of medical care. There's NO way "everyone" could ever be screened... btw, what is "everyone?" How would that be achieved?
I'm sure there's some statistic out there about
men at these ages who would even be in the mix. What I mean is, they don't drag individuals off the street and test their PSA. Screening all 40 years olds is a misnomer. How are these 40 year olds accumulated? Are they guys that get regular physicals? Guys who want life insurance? Guys admitted to hospitals for ANY reason? Guys that arrive at a clinic or their Dr. with an STD? Guys that answer an ad in the newspaper? How would "40 year olds" be accumulated for this baseline screening?
The reason I quote your post is because if you had been screened yearly at 35-40, because I assume your initial screening came as the result of a physical or life insurance request, the change in your PSA would have hopefully raised red flags within that 5 year interval and your treatment would have come sooner--- at a point when your disease hadn't advanced.
That's my argument: get a baseline early and then monitor it every 5 years or so.
Colonoscopies are at 10 year intervals... Once the baseline PSA is established, an individual and physician go from there.
I was PSA'd because of a failed DRE. It came back at 2.7... my Hopkins Dr said there is NO reason for a PSA to be that high for a 41 year old... barring an injury or BPH, which I didn't have. He said he might have counseled me to wait a year, but I would have been heavily observed on his radar for that year.
I feel lucky to have a GP that caught it with the DRE. I'm not certain that other GP's would be so thorough...