That's funny War-Eagle!
And I couldn't agree more. In my circle of friends, all kinds of cancers seem to be going around like the flu -- from esophageal to colon to prostate, to melanoma. The good news is, everyone I know with cancer is doing well after treatment.
Swim is right, it's a matter of early detection -- the advent of the PSA test was a biggie. Like my sister said recently, "Years ago, nobody even knew what a prostate was."
Once you're in a club though, other members tend to come out of the woodwork. I first noticed this trend when my wife and I adopted our son in 1994. All of a sudden we were hearing from neighbors, co-workers etc. who had also adopted kids but never discussed it with us before. Before I had PCa, I only knew one guy who'd had it. Once I put the word on the street, I got to know a whole bunch, real quick.
My father died almost 40 years ago from "lung cancer" at age 49 and back then, detailed pathologies and autopsies were a rarity. Diagnostics at the time (meaning X-rays) revealed a "small spot" on his lung. Then, the surgeon opened him up, eyeballed the extent of the cancer in his lungs; closed him up and sent him home. The surgeon told us he believed the cancer was related to genetics. For a few years prior, I remember my dad being unable to ride more than maybe 25 miles in a car without having to stop and pee. I was a teenager and didn't think much of it. But today, I wonder if his primary cancer might have actually been prostate cancer that metastasized to his lungs.
And as far as early detection back in the day -- forget it! Our family doctor was a guy who'd give you a clean bill of health as long as you were warm and breathing.
We've come a long way.
D.O.B - 8/9/52
PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1
Biopsy results 11/22/06. Both lobes involved. Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.
Gleason 3+3 = 6
Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007
Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear. Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested. 14 percent overall.
First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07
Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07
Post Edited (PianoMan) : 9/15/2007 3:45:04 PM (GMT-6)