Cancer society casts more doubt on prostate tests

  • metta

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    Mar 04, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    Cancer society casts more doubt on prostate tests

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100304/ap_on_he_me/us_med_prostate_cancer;_ylt=AsXZORaaBrKrpCsDBAdpVRkDW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTJzZTczMXJ1BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMzA0L3VzX21lZF9wcm9zdGF0ZV9jYW5jZXIEcG9zAzE0BHNlYwN5bl9hcnRpY2xlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDZnVsbG5ic3BzdG9y


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    Mar 04, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
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    As always (I always tell people this at work since I am in the health industry), BE PROACTIVE with your health. Do the research, ask someone you trust to help you, whatever the health issue is.

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    Mar 04, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    metta8 saidCancer society casts more doubt on prostate tests

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100304/ap_on_he_me/us_med_prostate_cancer;_ylt=AsXZORaaBrKrpCsDBAdpVRkDW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTJzZTczMXJ1BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMzA0L3VzX21lZF9wcm9zdGF0ZV9jYW5jZXIEcG9zAzE0BHNlYwN5bl9hcnRpY2xlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDZnVsbG5ic3BzdG9y


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    Let me run this by my buddies and see what they think.

    I say it's your life. You gotta look after it. If you dont get tested until too late, it isnt the dr that dies. I have one buddy who was 44 when they found his.....his whole lower abdomen was full of prostate cancer...."edge positive" ...everywhere they cut there was more.
  • Sparkycat

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    Mar 04, 2010 5:44 AM GMT
    I'm sorry about your friend. Are you saying that he had the prostate tests currently available - digital and psa but the cancer was not detected, or did he not have the tests. I think the recommendation is to start having psa tests at age 50.


    Caslon13000 said
    metta8 saidCancer society casts more doubt on prostate tests

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100304/ap_on_he_me/us_med_prostate_cancer;_ylt=AsXZORaaBrKrpCsDBAdpVRkDW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTJzZTczMXJ1BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMzA0L3VzX21lZF9wcm9zdGF0ZV9jYW5jZXIEcG9zAzE0BHNlYwN5bl9hcnRpY2xlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDZnVsbG5ic3BzdG9y


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    Let me run this by my buddies and see what they think.

    I say it's your life. You gotta look after it. If you dont get tested until too late, it isnt the dr that dies. I have one buddy who was 44 when they found his.....his whole lower abdomen was full of prostate cancer...."edge positive" ...everywhere they cut there was more.
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    Mar 04, 2010 6:00 AM GMT
    Sparkycat saidI'm sorry about your friend. Are you saying that he had the prostate tests currently available - digital and psa but the cancer was not detected, or did he not have the tests. I think the recommendation is to start having psa tests at age 50.

    They didnt test him cuz he was "too young" to have prostate cancer.
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    Mar 04, 2010 2:51 PM GMT
    Here is a posting from one of the guys on the gay prostate cancer support group that I belong to. It pretty much sums up what others think...

    "These so-called guidelines are shockingly stupid. It is hard to believe educated men came up with this load of crap. ...

    “The new guidelines for prostate cancer are in a word inane.

    Were it not for a PSA test that showed my PSA at 5.2, which lead to a DRE that located a bump on the right lobe of my prostate and to a biopsy that confirmed cancer (Gleason 4+3), I would not be celebrating my ninth year of being prostate cancer free, I would be dead or dying by now. The American Cancer Society should rethink the death sentence they are assigning to men under the guise of guidelines, because that what it would have been for me. A PSA test is not perfect, but it can be re-done, and it was a tool that saved my life, and I am sure many others. These new guidelines are stupid, stupid, stupid."
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    Mar 05, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    Come weep with me...

    I was informed today that my friend mentioned above isnt going to make it. They cant destroy all the cancer. They will only be able to slow its growth and buy him some time. ... icon_cry.gif

    I am in a bit of shock. I guess I just presumed that things would turn out all right....even for him. Fortunately, he got his son raised into his 20s so he can take care of himself.
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    Mar 05, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    The PSA test saved my Mom's brother. Her sister's husband didn't do it and passed away from prostate cancer.

    We're both really sorry over your friend Caslon.

    - Doug and Bill