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Time for men to take a stand on PC

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dakotarunner
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We have all read different comments on this site about Prostate Cancer(PC), and how little a lot of people know about it, and that many think it is just a slow cancer that is a good type of cancer to have, and it sure dosen't look like we have anything wrong with us if we have PC.

As men, we don't push the issue like we should. Admit it guys, PC is affecting our lives, our families, and all those around us. It is time to stand up and face the world and say "I've got Prostate Cancer and I am going to kick its ***".

Women are blessed with Breast Cancer(BC), and men with Prostate Cancer(sarcasim). Take a look at the number of posts/comments on the BC discussion site, and the number of the posts/comments on the PC site. Are we unable to communicate, or are we embarressed, or just to plain dumb to discuss it. PC is not a sin to have. I do not wear it like a medal or badge of courage, but I do believe in talking to my friends and co-workers about it. It does not take to much to put a bug in someones ear to get a PSA check, or to have them suggest that their husband, father, uncle, brother or friend get a check. Many people do not know diddly-squat about PC, or how easy it is to do a basic check for it. I remember telling the members on my management team at work that I had PC, and the woman that was our health benefits manager asked is she should worry about getting checked for PC. Like I said, many people don't know diddly-squat.

Several comments have been made about the Susan B. Komen run against BC. I participated in my home-towns first run 2 years ago. Approx. 1700 people participated in the inagural event. Men, women, children, seniors, and they all had a good time. It took effort on the part of many people to ull it off. BUT, an event like this always has to start on a small scale somewhere. We PC'ers can do the same thing. You do not have to have a huge event to make a difference. PC'ers are spread across the nation and the world. You probably have more of them within 50 miles of you than you think. We can work together within our smaller geographical areas to not only put on a run to raise PC awareness, but we can provide a network of people for newly diagnosed PC'ers to talk to. Much like AA, a person with PC can more readily relate and talk to a newly diagnosed PC'er.

So it is time to stand up to PC. We can talk the talk, but can we walk the walk?? All PC'ers can have a part in kicking PC's butt. Maybe just to talk to someone who just found out he has it, maybe by holding a public discussion, maybe by promoting a community event like a run. Heck, if nothing else, a guy can just dribble on PC(said tongue in cheek). WE CAN DO IT.

I hope this lights a fire under our PC****** that will get us off our butt and doing something about PC. You can email me at kickincancer@hotmail.com

Best to all. Dakotarunner

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luckyman2
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bdhilton, you're absolutely right, PSA may not be the most definitive test. I like to think of it as a way to show you the tip of the iceberg... giving you fair warning to look beneath the surface. Unfortunately most men simply liked to be carried along by the waves, thinking if they don't see danger, it doesn't exist, when the indications are there to chart a new course and quickly!

I was very lucky to have a GP who believed in doing a DRE and checking my PSA every year. The DRE proved nothing since no lumps were detected. My PSA was relatively low at only 4.96 compared to what I've seen from other guys on this site. However, it was the velocity of change over the years in the PSA that raised a red flag in my case: 1.53 to 1.72... then to 3.19... then to 4.96! Oops! That's when my GP recommended that I see a urologist, who then performed a biopsy. Result: Cancer with a Gleason Score of 6 (3+3) fully contained within the prostate. That was in March 2007 when I was 54 years old. I had my prostate removed by laparoscopy surgery in November 2007. Today everything is pretty much back to normal. Full steam ahead!

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dakotarunner
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I agree fully on the PSA check. Much like the mamograms for women, both cancer checks have recently come under some fire as not needed, or needed later in life, or possibly not effective. Tell that to a man or woma who would not have found out they had cancer otherwise, or would have found out after the damn stuff had progressed to far to easily combat.

As men, we all have had our blood checked now and then. A poke and it is done and over with. But let that Dr. slip the latex glove on, grab a tyube of KY jelly,tell us to bend over,and we say no-no. OK guys what will it be, the needle, or the Dr. with the size 14 hands??

Saying this on this site is like preaching to the choir. BUT if we say it enough here, it makes it easier to say to our fellow man in the real world.

Dakotarunner POPC!

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The DRE showed a bumb in the cavity not on the prostate, so the urologist decided to do a biopsy........(by the way my prostate doc wondered why, they in fact did a biopsy)......anyway both are very important........just pick a dr. with small hands who very closely clips the nail on the "finger"

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luckyman2
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My urologist had a good sense of humour. He took off his watch just before doing the DRE!

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