One of the more interesting features here on Healingwell is the list of all the different diseases and medical conditions forums that are available on this website for viewing and posting.
If you go to the PCa forum index screen, and then click on "Support Forums" at top of the screen, you are taken to a list of 32 "Diseases and Conditions" followed by the number of posts that people have made to them so far, effective today.
Out of curiosity, I did copy-and-paste on the screen, put it on a Wordpad screen, and then rearranged the diseases and conditions below by number of posts made to them, which shows that the PCa forum is second only to Ulcerative Colitis in posting activity.
Not that this is a contest, but it is interesting to see the distribution of participation here, and just how much difference in posting (and I would also assume participation) there is among the 32 diseases and conditions. So far our PCa forum is, as noted, the second most active among the 32 diseases and conditions.
I was especially surprised to see that posting on the Breast Cancer forum is only 25183 (16th out of the 32) compared to PCa's second place of 467431 posts. As to why that may be, I'm going to hazard a guess that the women prefer personal, face-to-face interactions when discussing BC, and do not find the anonymity and objectivity of the keyboard-driven forums here on Healingwell appealing.
But, still, I remain a bit suprised that we are almost leading the pack in terms of forum participation for our particular ailment. Maybe it's because we find the format useful, faceless as it is, easy to use, and our fellow posters generally cordial?
If you have any other theories as to why our PCa forum is so active compared to the others, feel free to post them below.
As for the number one forum, Ulcerative Colitis, which outnumbers our PCa forum by almost 65000 posts, there is obviously a need among a good number of people for information on that disease, and we certainly hope they find it here as well as we have found out good information on PCa.
Current standings, by number of posts:
Ulcerative Colitis 532109 Prostate Cancer 467431
Lyme Disease 442291
Crohn's Disease 273591
Anxiety & Panic Disorders 225311
Chronic Pain 159889
GERD & Acid Reflux 118914
Bipolar Disorder 48485
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 40374
Rheumatoid Arthritis 37441
Breast Cancer 25183
Heart & Cardiovascular Disease 23879
Migraines & Headaches 22515
Multiple Sclerosis 22328
Allergies & Asthma 18679
Alzheimer's Disease 8673
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 8480
Thyroid Disorders 6779
Parkinson's Disease 6293
Cystic Fibrosis 3430
Kidney Diseases & Disorders 2529
Celiac Disease 2200
Sjogren's Syndrome 2032
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 to 0.3 range
Post Edited (81GyGuy) : 10/28/2019 10:56:57 AM (GMT-6)