posted on 05/14/2005 7:21:18 PM PDT
We all have to die from something...Live your life...
posted on 05/14/2005 7:23:46 PM PDT
(Aging Warrior -- Aim High -- Who Dares Wins)
The topic of prostrate cancer is an interesting one and I'm convinced that some day there will be a class action lawsuit involving the number of healthy prostrates that have been removed. For many, there has been absolutely no reason for doing so except some doctor got carried away with no more information other than some PSA numbers he/she reckoned had gotten a little high. John Kerry is a pretty typical example - PSA numbers go up a little and doc recommends getting prostrate removed. Patent ends up suffering consequences for rest of his life. I wonder how many people are aware that Dr Stamey, the doctor who published the original paper in 1987 that said that PSA was a good indicator for the presence of cancer has since refuted his own study and basically has said that PSA is worthless as a screening tool. It's the problem of turning everything into a cookie cutter approach instead of using common sense.
I speak from some personal experience on this one. Two years ago, my doc wanted me to have a biopsy because my PSA levels had gone from 2 to a little under 10 as determined during the annual checkup. I decided to not do the biopsy for a number of reasons. What I did do is go the route of this article - changed diet, added lots of vitamins and other things I found in the local health food store. I did however get my blood checked monthly and over the course of the next 4 months, I watched the PSA dropped steadily and linearly until it was under one where it has stayed since.
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