PSA Checks

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  1. Pedro57

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    Recent arrival to the group and while I'd find it difficult to post on any "big" threads I would like to pass on some infomation on a recent medical problem.

    Had two urinary infections in 4 months so was packed off to hospital for checks. Results were inconclusive but my PSA (Prosate Specific Antigen) was 6x normal.

    Was invited back for a biopsy and then a second saturation biopsy after a few cells were found. However a second PSA test showed I had dropped from 22 to 1.
    (Normal is around 4). From what I've read about 50% of men my age have a few transtional (or slightly abnormal) cells and as long as you have bi-yearly checks its not dangerous. This particular cancer is usually slow growing.

    For several weeks I was seriously worried about a possible operation that would have serious side effects (erection difficulties, incontinence) and it seems now that while having two ecoli bugs wasn't normal the PSA rise had been caused by the infection and a catheter I had worn for 4 days. Its also affected by recent sex.

    Moral of the story is make sure if you go for a PSA check (more commom I hear in America than here) check up on what will have an effect on the reading before hand. Might avoid the worry I had if you do.
     
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    In the UK it's so much not the automatic thing to give a man a routine annual PSA test once he's reached 50 that there is far less experience of interpreting the results than is the case in the US.
    The general medical consensus would seems to be "it's a test which throws up so many false positives, which is a real pain for us, and besides, it's a slow-growing disease which tends to affect mainly the 70+ age groups who usually die of something else anyway."

    The result is that most people present with symptoms, by which time (ipso facto) the prostate is substantially swollen. If more people were given a PSA the groups who don't fall into the geriatric grouping would stand a chance of being spotted, and treatment other than surgery being successfull.
     
  3. DC_DEEP

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    Good points, thank you both. It is important to have one doctor who knows you, who performs annual digital rectal exams, and before age 40, at least a normal (healthy) baseline PSA. If these baseline exams are done when you are having no problems, then the doctor will be better able to detect abnormalities. Guys, these exams are not pleasant, but early detection and treatment of prostate cancer are much better than waiting until you have severe problems and have to go through a complete removal and a round of chemotherapy. Get it done!

    Edit: Welcome, Pedro. Any others reading this - if your doctor does not offer you these tests, REQUEST them. Both you and your doctor need to know what is normal FOR YOU before you can know what is abnormal.
     
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    A few comments. A PSA level of 4 is NOT normal - it is elevated and a cause of concern! If you had a PSA of 24 (6x what you said is normal) - you are at major risk of prostate cancer. That is a very high level. See a urologist - not a regular doctor. Yes - PSA does have lead to some false positives - but as someone age 54 who had prostate cancer diagnosed as a result of having a PSA level of 5, I'm glad my doctor checked. And yes, prostate cancer often grows slowly - but not always. If you wait until you have noticeable symptoms, it's pretty far along and has probably spread. Don't mess with cancer.
     
  5. KinkGuy

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    Let you all know next week after my PSA results come back.....and the good Dr gets finished sticking his hand up my ass. yippee. No kiss, nuthin.
     
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    an e coli infection can indeed elevate the PSA result

    gave me a scare until the urologist explained it

    BTW if anyone does get prostatisis see an specialist and get the absolute strongest antibiotics working on it — a lot of GPs use the weaker meds at first and it can worsen into a chronic nightmare infection


    be well
     
  7. DC_DEEP

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    Well, ben, I thought the previous posts explained it pretty well, but here goes: make an appointment with your doctor, to get a "complete physical." Be sure that he does a digital rectal exam, and orders a blood panel to include the PSA test. For the PSA test, they will draw a small amount of blood and test it for specific chemicals.

    It isn't something your should spend much time worrying about, but having regular checkups can certainly give you peace of mind.
     
  8. rawbone8

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    Ben, you say you are 14 or 15 years old, so generally you need not worry, this tends to affect much older men than you. The prostate gland is an important part of your sexual plumbing though, and a source of pleasure as well. It can develop problems as we get older, (after 40 most men get tested) so that's why the tests and check-ups are done.

    Infections can happen (but they are rare), and prostate cancer can occur, but it's unlikely to affect you at your stage of life. If the men in your family have a history of disease in this area, then ask away.

    The great thing is that regular ejaculations and orgasms are considered beneficial to the health of your prostate gland! Sorta like cleaning the pipes. :rolleyes:
     
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    KinkGuy quickly dials Dr for a "more orgasms" prescription.
     
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