GREG'S LEGACY

Specialising in the human experience of Living with prostate cancer – warts and all

Early Diagnosis

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Q: Why are the majority of Prostate Cancer diagnoses found at the advanced stage?

  • A:   Because the victims do not present early enough.  I am just another who didn’t go to the doctor with the early symptoms.  Here are the stories of two Welsh men who did the same.
  • A:   Because we are frightened to find that we have the disease.  Isn’t it better to find out early when the cancer is contained within the prostate?  Once it escapes to the lymph nodes or the skeleton, it is game over.  Advanced Prostate Cancer will lead to your death.
  • A:   Because men don’t know how dangerous the disease is, they don’t talk to their doctor about it, and, basically… they simply don’t do anything about it, period.

Well, that has to change! 

We cannot recover from advanced Prostate Cancer but we can certainly minimise the problem through early treatment.

If you take my advice to get tested and find you have early stage tumours, don’t rush to have something done.  Prostate Cancer is a slow growing disease and you have time to research and find out the best biopsy method as well as the most suitable treatment for you.  Don’t put all your faith in the doctors opinions – because that is what they will tell you they are.  Please question their recommendations before you decide what to do.

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Written by Greg Naylor

28 May 2012 at 12:00 am

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  1. Greg: First class article this and is the key to beating prostate cancer. If only men would be pro-active and seek testing before symptoms arrive. As you say and it is worth repeating here. If prostate cancer is found in its early stages it is generally slow growing and opens up better management practices and allows time to select appropriate treatments. I would like to see GP’s just issuing gentle reminders to their patients in the suitable age group. I know as a male I would attend my GP for some other problem but would never ask for an inspection as it just did not ocurr to me to do so. I have had several GP’s over the last 10 years and not one of them offered me a gentle hint about this at any time. I was reminded once some 12 or so years ago by an old irish GP I had who has since retired. I complied with his request and nothing was found at that time, so since then it left my mind as a concern to repeat the test on a regular basis and none of my GP’s have issued any reminders. Now I am in the advanced prostate cancer catagory.

    Lee aka Popeye

    Lee Gallagher

    28 May 2012 at 7:54 am

    • My doctors were the same. I asked for a psa test many years ago but the doctor of the time talked me out of it. He believed it was not accurate (maybe he was right) and only recorded what the psa was today. That was still no reason to talk me out of it as it might have avoided getting advanced prostate cancer.

      Greg Naylor

      28 May 2012 at 10:47 am

      • Unfortunately the whole prostate cancer issue is seen as “icky”. Sorry, best word I could come up with. I think that for most men there is the fear of getting the worst diagnosis so they avoid the test. As far as I am aware now with testing they do a simple blood test to check for antibodies in the blood and only do a examination if something shows up (correct me if I am wrong there). It is great that there is so much campaigning for breast and cervical cancer for us women, but someone needs to stand up and be heard about prostate cancer.

        I have a friend who has gone through the journey and is now cancer free. I feel privileged that he has been very open about his experience and has definitely opened my eyes to what it is all about.

        Cassy

        30 May 2012 at 1:59 am


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