Trust me, a finger up your black ass, or your white ass, is a piece of cake compared to a 12-core biopsy in the doctor's office. I've had both, along with two hospital biopsies. Biopsies in the doctor's office are like having a pipe bomb shoved up your butt.
Despite the discomfort, I'll continue doing whatever it takes to fight PCa.
I am African-American, and I say that all guys -- regardless of their race -- who refuse to get tested are cheating themselves and their families.
The first finger up my ass to check my prostate was from an African-American general practitioner, a male. Then an older, white male urologist. Then a black female urologist. Then two hospital biopsies by the black female urologist.
And I'm going to keep doing whatever I have to do to stay healthy. Every man, regardless of race, should be doing the same.
Fellas, get over your insecurities and live.
Last recorded PSA: 8
Highest tested PSA over several years: 11
Gleason: 3 + 3 = 6
Enlarged prostate? Yes
Current strategy: Active surveillance.
Next steps in 90 days: Second opinion on the Gleason 6 score to confirm its accuracy, along with a PSA and MRI.
My race: African American, important only because I am AA and I want to raise awareness of higher risks for AA men.
Post Edited (Cigar56) : 2/6/2016 4:54:10 AM (GMT-7)