I am new here and see that there are many who were diagnosed in their late 40's or early 50's. Unfortunately my husband was diagnosed a few months ago at age 53 at a more advanced stage with a PSA of 174, Gleason 9. Bone scan is negative but there is suspected abdominal lymph node invovement.
He began having some ED symtoms 3 or 4 years ago. Saw family doctor who prescribed Viagra, no further testing. Had physical with blood work and colonoscopy January of 2006, no PSA ordered. Mention of urinary weak stream was dismissed by this doctor as part of getting older at another appointment. PSA was finally ordered with this year's physical.
I am having a hard time accepting the fact that a PSA test was never discussed or ordered until this year. My husband saw this doctor many times over the years. I know we bear some responsibility in this; I only wish we had had the knowledge to specifically request the PSA test. I try not to dwell on this but it's hard not to think the difference that diagnosis even a year earlier might have made.
We are warning friends and relatives to specifically request the test; don't assume like we did that this is being checked as part of a "physical". We live in a small town and this is the only medical clinic so we cannot cut our ties completely. I am having a hard time placing complete confidence in the two urologists we are now seeing - I hope we will get to the point of feeling that comfortable with a doctor's advice.
Thanks for the opportunity to vent.