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(Oregon Live)   Test may do more harm than good, leading to unnecessary prostate biopsies, surgery and frequent UFIA   (oregonlive.com) divider line 14
    More: PSA, UFIA, biopsy, prostate cancer screenings, rectal examination, American Urological Association, PSA, prostate, positive result  
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2012-06-21 07:09:00 PM  
Great, I paid a guy to finger my asshole for nothing.

Anyway, I was thinking of getting a prostate exam with my next checkup.
 
2012-06-21 08:05:40 PM  
Is it really unsolicited if you're paying for it?
 
2012-06-21 08:40:31 PM  
Great use of the tag.
 
2012-06-21 09:00:34 PM  

Mr. Fuzzypaws: Is it really unsolicited if you're paying for it?


That was my thought as well. More of an SFIA.
 
2012-06-21 09:06:06 PM  
Last thread about this had people in droves saying I was going to get it eventually. Cruising to go out before 40 and avoid it all together.
 
2012-06-21 09:44:31 PM  
www.wrestling-match.com

"You wanna put what where?"
 
2012-06-21 10:50:59 PM  
Well I am certainly glad they kept the digital rectal exam.

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2012-06-22 12:13:02 AM  
it's only a blood test, not a thumb
 
2012-06-22 02:09:51 AM  

DistendedPendulusFrenulum: Well I am certainly glad they kept the digital rectal exam.


But is it really that much of an improvement over analog?
 
2012-06-22 06:08:06 AM  
My own father got the PSA test every 6 months due to a family history of prostate cancer. One day, it came back suspect. His doctor wanted to wait and monitor the situation. My father insisted on a biopsy. Biopsy came back positive. He had surgery to remove his prostate. A post surgery exam found that he had the aggressive kind of prostate cancer. If he hadn't got regular PSA testing and then insisted on a biopsy, he would not be alive today.
 
2012-06-22 09:43:59 AM  
Get the PSA.

If high, take the PSA multiple times, if the number is increasing, get the surgery. If the PSA is stable, continue to watch it. This works for most people, as with Cloudchaser's father, there are exceptions.

This from an article in the New Yorker a few years ago written by a Urologist who thought along similar lines to the article.

And an annual FIA still can detect things early, just like self breast exams for women can find early stage cancer.
 
2012-06-22 10:24:26 AM  
PSA also early-detected my dad's prostate cancer when the number jumped but was still considered below OMG CANCER levels. Thankfully his is the slow-growing type and we are still at the watchful waiting stage. If it progresses, he has standing orders from his grandkids (aka the kidlettes) to get the surgery.
 
2012-06-22 11:12:01 AM  
"img1.fark.net" - I see what you did there subby

or did you just get lucky?
 
2012-06-22 11:15:33 AM  

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: My own father got the PSA test every 6 months due to a family history of prostate cancer. One day, it came back suspect. His doctor wanted to wait and monitor the situation. My father insisted on a biopsy. Biopsy came back positive. He had surgery to remove his prostate. A post surgery exam found that he had the aggressive kind of prostate cancer. If he hadn't got regular PSA testing and then insisted on a biopsy, he would not be alive today.


While that story has a good outcome, the fact remains that elevated PSA is not nearly the strong indicator of problems many believe it to be.
 
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