Personal stories about having a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to screen for prostate cancer
These stories are based on information gathered from health
professionals and consumers. They may be helpful as you make important health
Eric, age 56: I have two children who are in
high school right now, and both plan to go to college. It's important to me to
provide for them and ensure that they have the money they need to finish their
education. If I found out I had cancer, I would try any treatment that might
offer me a chance to live longer, even if it has side effects. I'm going to
have the PSA test.
Mike, age 62: For me, there is still too much
uncertainty about the benefits of the PSA test. I tend to stay away from things
that aren't yet proven to work, even when I know there is a chance that we
might someday find out there is a benefit. I'm willing to take that chance.
Because I want to avoid the risks of inexact test results and additional tests,
I'm not going to have the test.
Jacob, age 68: My health is great. I still
run, play tennis, and travel a lot. At my age, you start to see friends getting
sick and dying of one thing or another, and it makes you start to think about
your own health more. I know that the PSA test isn't perfect, but I want to
have every chance I can to treat cancer early if I have it.
Pieter, age 67: I've done some reading on this
subject, and I know that I'm a lot more likely to die from my heart disease
than from prostate cancer. Right now I'm focusing my efforts on controlling my
blood pressure and cholesterol because I know that treating those things can
help me live longer and better. I know that if I had the PSA test and it was
high, I would just worry and be stressed out. That's not good for my heart
Bets Davis, MFA
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology/Oncology
June 27, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 27, 2008
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