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    Prostate Cancer

    Posted by JH on 30/11/2023, 9:43:35

    We are constantly told to get ourselves checked but how easy is it to do that? I asked at the doctors surgery yesterday if I could be tested and they said 'we don't test for PSA levels because you get false negatives' and 'they are not accurate'
    What is the answer? Pay for a test privately?

      Re: Prostate Cancer

      Posted by SydneyHatter on 30/11/2023, 21:57:19, in reply to "Prostate Cancer"

      I browse on here but don't usually post. In Sydney I had a PSA test at age 55 because my GP thought I should have one even though I didn't ask for one. It came back a bit high so I was sent for a biopsy and prostate cancer was detected. It was early stage and treatable. I am now 72 and still enjoying life and enjoying seeing the Hatters in the Prem. In the meantime treatments have become much easier. I am posting this because strongly believe all men over 50 should get this test and it is not the end of the world if you test positive if it is picked up early enough. Insist on getting tested.

        Re: Prostate Cancer

        Posted by Laststraw on 30/11/2023, 14:10:50, in reply to "Prostate Cancer"

        You could tell the doctor you have a couple of prostate symptoms(a lie) and ask to be checked out.
        He will probably do the internal check and a blood test.

          Re: Prostate Cancer

          Posted by Octogenarian on 30/11/2023, 11:06:41, in reply to "Prostate Cancer"

          had one done last week at normal surgery. Little tip indicate that you have a family history and I doubt if they will refuse a test.

            Re: Prostate Cancer

            Posted by Rory on 30/11/2023, 10:48:00, in reply to "Prostate Cancer"

            Change your Doctor,I have a 2yearly test at Bushmead surgery.

              Re: Prostate Cancer

              Posted by deeuu on 30/11/2023, 10:18:48, in reply to "Prostate Cancer"

              Please go onto here to arrange test.

              Itís only £14

              https://www.bpcsg.org.uk/

                Re: Prostate Cancer

                Posted by RADSB on 30/11/2023, 10:31:15, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                Seconded, it was very easy, quick and efficient.

                  Re: Prostate Cancer

                  Posted by Maah001 on 30/11/2023, 10:40:44, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                  Agreed. Very easy to do.

                  I only had minor symptoms, so did a private PSA test which showed slightly elevated levels. This meant my GP took an interest.
                  Thankfully after further tests, it turned out to be an infection that did a good impression of prostate cancer which was cleared up by antibiotics. Took a biopsy to confirm one way or the other though.

                Re: Prostate Cancer

                Posted by Jeff on 30/11/2023, 10:00:26, in reply to "Prostate Cancer"

                My doctor said the same thing, they can provide false results. Someone with a low psa level say 2 could have prostrate cancer and someone with a high reading say 5 may not have it

                  Re: Prostate Cancer

                  Posted by Nearly a Genius on 30/11/2023, 9:58:50, in reply to "Prostate Cancer"

                  Tell the doctor you have been getting the symptoms, like having to get up in the middle of the night to pee, etc.

                    Re: Prostate Cancer

                    Posted by JH on 30/11/2023, 10:03:40, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                    But I haven't? When those symptoms happen then it could be too late? Just not as easy as all these health experts make out to get checked.

                      Re: Prostate Cancer

                      Posted by crumpsall on 30/11/2023, 10:35:03, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                      I think that depends where you live, unfortunately.

                      I had to ask that they checked my PSA when bloods were tested for regular stuff like sugars etc, diabetes, which my doctors do on a regular basis.

                      Nothing up here (Manchester) like the drop-in centres as far as I know.

                      Whatever it takes, wise to get it checked even if not 100% accurate (or anything like that)

                        Re: Prostate Cancer

                        Posted by Nearly a Genius on 30/11/2023, 10:33:06, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                        Ok.
                        I think this is one of those situations when the realities of the NHS don't match up to the advice.
                        All the best anyway.

                          Re: Prostate Cancer

                          Posted by crumpsall on 30/11/2023, 10:36:46, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                          Prostate Cancer UK are pushing for change, and funding research.

                          I became a supporter following a series of friends and acquaintances suffering from it.

                            Re: Prostate Cancer

                            Posted by R27 on 30/11/2023, 10:47:57, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                            One PSA test tells you nothing. You need to have them taken on a regular basis, say every three months or so in order to give the medics a clearer look at your individual situation.

                            It's only a blood test and whilst one test tells you nothing a series of tests does. Best not to wait until whatever your symptoms are get worse before taking action.

                            You have a right to insist that you are given regular tests. Don't be put of by your GP. It's your body and it's your right that your GP looks after it for you.

                              Re: Prostate Cancer

                              Posted by crumpsall on 30/11/2023, 10:49:08, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                              Ta, and quite right. I'm on board with that now but it's only because I have pushed for it.

                              Re: Prostate Cancer

                              Posted by Nearly a Genius on 30/11/2023, 10:40:53, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                              That's good.
                              My brother died from it because first of all he didn't think it was worth getting checked because it couldn't be happening to him, then when he did get round to it it had progressed too far.
                              Which is why I keep banging the drum.

                                Re: Prostate Cancer

                                Posted by crumpsall on 30/11/2023, 10:42:26, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                                And that, NaG, is sadly an all-too-common scenario

                                Sorry for your loss

                                  Re: Prostate Cancer

                                  Posted by Nearly a Genius on 30/11/2023, 10:42:52, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                                  Thank you.

                                    Re: Prostate Cancer

                                    Posted by James real real one on 30/11/2023, 12:39:11, in reply to "Re: Prostate Cancer"

                                    Had a scare 2 years ago glad I got the checks and medical help I required and the all clear. Dignity is put to one side on these occasions.

                                    Sorry you lost someone

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