To be or not to be
Just as this question haunted Shakespeare’s Hamlet, so the same question haunts many men today. To be or not to be tested for possible prostate problems (including prostate cancer) using Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). The most common recommendation currently being made is that men between ages 50 and 70 have yearly PSA and Rectal Digital Exams (RDE) yearly. Note: Any PSA testing must be done prior to any RDE as manipulation of the prostate may cause severe elevation of the PSA. First, however, a few words from the National Cancer Institute. “Elevated PSA readings may not always be indicative of cancer and false positive results could lead to unnecessary invasive procedures and attendant risks.” Many men over age 50 may have early or undiagnosed prostate cancer. Most of these cancers will remain harmless.” Finally, the National Cancer Institute states : “ PSA testing is not a universally recommended screening procedure.”
The question is WHY
The answer is BECAUSE
- Why do I have a frequent and urgent need to urinate?
- Why is there pain associated with urination?
- Why do I have to get up at night to urinate?
- Why is there blood in my urine?
- Why does my low back hurt?
The reason is because something associated with your prostate is probably amiss. The because of what might be amiss can be several things. It could be a bacterial infection. It could be a non-bacterial infection, which we found is usually candida. It could be benign prostate hypertrophy and yes, it could be cancer. You ask what your next step is. At this point there are a couple:
- Do nothing. Since most men over 70 will out live a possible cancer, this is often the better choice.
- Insist on a prostatic specific antigen test which is fought with problems, false positives, false negatives and unnecessary surgical interventions.
- Take CHF #32 Prostat along with CHF #67 may help relieve the problem in many cases.