What a strange situation we find ourselves in. Given the numbers Tony has cited concerning men who have been treated for prostate cancer, but who would never have died from their illness, I'm ready to throw up my hands and say, let's not test anybody, let's not treat anybody....let's just let nature take its course.
Someone could argue that my prostate cancer would never have killed me, and who could possibly prove them wrong? So, I guess I should have maybe just let 'er go.
Just to be clear, I don't believe that. I'm glad I had my surgery nearly 3 years ago. I'm not crying in my beer over the ED situation. My wife, an R. N. with 40+ years of nursing experience has never second guessed any of the decisions we made together. I would do all the same things over again.
But when you start stacking up the numbers, the inevitable "logical" conclusion is that if 1.5 million men who have been treated for prostate cancer would never have died WITHOUT treatment, then we might as well just stop testing and treating. 30,000 deaths/year are a drop in the bucket compared to 1.5 million, and I imagine many of those 30,000 died even after having been treated, so let's just stop.
That's exactly how frustrated this whole situation has me feeling right now.
Dx June 2010.
PSA rose for 3 years to 6.2
Bx shows cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 52-67 ; I'm only one with PCa
Continence after 7 weeks.PSA 1/3/10: <0.01; 6/12/11: <0.01, 1/26/12: <0..01; 10/12: <0.01