My hubby, an African American male, heard about
the PSA from a friend. Hubby was 45 at the time, and asked for the PSA at his routine physical. He is quite opposite of most men, and very on top of his health and does not put it off, especially well visits. His doc was a tad reluctant to order the test, and in fact explained how the test had become somewhat controversial. He insisted, and in spite of the controversy, wanted to be tested. She obliged, and I'm sure she was shocked when she had to call him to give him the result of, 17.2.
I feel very fortunate, because I know my husband's nature saved his life. At the time, we were unaware of the increased risk amongst African American males. We were also surprised that his doc wasn't aware of the increased risk either. After researching PC, I am certain hubby would have started PSA testing at 40.
~walkbyfaith~ Hubby, age 45, DX 12/23/11, PSA 17.2
Biopsy, Gleason: RIGHT SIDE: 3+3, (10 or less volume) LEFT SIDE: 3+3, 3+3 (both approx 10% volume or less) 4+3, 4+3 (30% volume)T1C, Bone - Neg, CT - Neg
RALP: 2/2/2012 POST-OP: ORGAN CONFINED: Primary Pattern, Grade 4, Secondary Pattern: Grade 3 = 7 (19% prostate tissue involved) PNI/present, SVI/neg, MARGINS/clear, LN/neg, t2C
PSA, <0.1, 4/2012