When Bob's internist heard his family history of prostate cancer (father in his 80's and older brother at 62) he said . . oh you were "genetically doomed" then! Of course this was following Bob's laproscopic surgery at age 60. Our son will be testing early in life (he's only 28 right now).
It is scary when you hear how many doctors won't run a routine PSA test and either rely solely on a DRE or not even on that. My father was told during his DRE that it wasn't too bad . . probably a 2. A couple of years later he had metastized prostate cancer and a PSA of 29.
Educating our friends and loved ones on this dissease that can so easily be treated if caught early is of utmost importance.
Bob (60) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6. Follow up PSA results and pathology results received Nov 14th are NO MORE CANCER! Gleason changed to a 3 + 4; cancer completely confined to prostate; (even a second more agressive, previously undetected cancer) PSA UNDETECTABLE.
Bob also takes Hydroxyurea to control Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) has secondary condition . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience or knowledge of these, please post us.