I wish to bring to your attention the importance of testing for prostate cancer in males once they have reached 40.
Why…because I have just (November 2009) been diagnosed with a cancer in my prostate.
How did I found out? I started being tested after I turned 50. I had to twist my GP’s arm to arrange blood testing as I had NO symptoms. The only test I was having was the P.S.A. count from blood. Three years on and the enzyme level is high. A quick trip to the urologist, a quick rectal exam…five seconds it takes…no longer, no pain! We have a lump. Biopsy a week later…yes there is cancer. Then an MRI, a CAT scan and a bone scan…all painless. Lymph and bones look clear. Because I am young (54 is young?) best option is surgery. We have the best gear (da Vinci robot) here at the RAH so in a couple of months my prostate will be a goner.
Blokes…get tested. Doctor not agreeable? Find another. See a urologist. Partners…make sure your blokes do this. Don’t wait…if you are 40 or older…start being tested.
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