Glad you had a positive impact in terms of your friend monitoring his PSA. I've wondered about some of my friends--I've never specifically asked them if they're having their PSA checked, but somehow I think they might mention it to me if they had given my diagnosis.
I have to ponder this for a bit...
I usually phrase it as, "Do you know your PSA?". That lets them say yes without revealing any number, which could make them uncomfortable. If "no", then I explain a bit more about
it, what the docs are likely to say, and very
briefly that even a higher number only means some more follow up might be necessary. For both the trend is important too.
Bx: 6/12 pos, G9=5+4 (80%, 60%), 4+5 (2@100%, 80%, 10%), PNI+
cT3a (3TMRI: Bilateral EPE, NVB+, SV-, LN-)
Date PSA fPSA
9/12 4.1 15%
3/13 5.2 12% PCA3=31
IGRT by IMRT, 44 done 8/28/13: 50.4 Gy pelvic nodes, 79.2 Gy prostate
ADT2 3 yrs: Lupron/Casodex, ended 3/16
Post: (age now 59)
PSA <0.1 : 8/13 - 5/16.
PSA 0.2-8/16, 0.5-12/16, 0.7-3/17, TBD-6/17