I was sorry to hear about Stephen Frys prostate cancer diagnosis, but good to know he is having treatment, in fact from what he said in his twitter clip. He sounds like the specialists are on top of the job.
Or as sorted as you can get when and I paraphrase his words, The word cancer is clattering around your head.
I imagine there are many people who like me know exactly what he means by that phrase.
It sounds very much like a matter of good timing that it was diagnosed in time.
He says the discovery was made as a result of an mot style medical and thankfully his doctor took a PSA test.
PSA for those who dont know stands for Prostate Specific Antigen, obtained from a blood test.
The published figures say that 1 man in 8 will develop prostate cancer and yet many doctors refuse to give men a psa blood test.
I had a young doctor spend at least ten minutes explaining to me why he thought a psa test was unreliable and often misleading and giving false positives, therefore he wouldn't do them, just rely on the drm, or a finger up yer bum test.
His argument was based on not wanting to subject a man to the indignity of a biopsy based on a slightly raised psa, Perhaps he thought a dignified death was preferable.
As an average a psa should be about 4.
Stephen Fry said his was 5 point something.
To me that doesnt sound alarmingly raised, But the follow up biopsy, and the scans he had showed agressive prostate cancer.
Thankfully the doctor I saw when I went to my local surgery with a concern about changes in my weeing pattern chose to do not only the drm, or finger test, at which she said my prostate felt fine.
but she than said there was a blood test she could do and did I want one?
I said " might as well", all a bit blase, I am very pleased she did as my psa turned out to be 208.
Early diagnosis would seem to be the key, Not always but often.
So apart from keeping my fingers crossed for all the guys with Prostate Cancer, not only Stephen. The message is Guys get a PSA test.
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Last modified on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:41