The media continues to publish articles that reinforce the memes that prostate cancer is an old man’s disease and that annual PSA (prostate specific antigen) screening causes more harm than good.
I don’t believe this is true and the stories that were collected in the Prostate Cancer Pony Express Memorial Journal prove that prostate cancer strikes young men as well.
Read the entry below, written by this 59 year old man, and make your own mind if he would have preferred to have been diagnosed while he still had the full range of treatment options available to him:
But, Early Detection is Now Possible
This man was unlucky because his prostate cancer was detected after it had moved beyond the prostate gland.
The PSA blood test (prostate specific antigen) remains a simple prostate cancer early detection tool.. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good. Check any unusual rise in your PSA value from one year to the next with your doctor or medical service provider. A rise in PSA is a red flag and needs to be explored with competent medical advice.
How to Create Your Personal Prostate Cancer Early Warning System
Go to http://ProstateTracker.org and create an account. The service is free and anonymous.
Enter your PSA number – and your Free PSA number if you have it – and ProstateTracker will plot your value and send you a reminder 11 months later when you next test is due.
Any rise in value of approximately .75 – for example, from 1.0 to 1.75, is a danger sign and you should consult with doctor immediately.
Guys Don’t Let Guys Die from Prostate Cancer
Help us make prostate cancer visible. Create your ProstateTracker account and then share it with your network.