High PSA for Prostate

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Free prostate cancer screenings Sunday in Boardman

The screenings are for the first 100 men who participate in the Fuel the Fight car and motorcycle show at Boardman High School.

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Prostate-specific antigen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Questions and Answers

My father yesterday was diagnosed with a high PSA (prostate specific antigen), which?(his doctor said) is a precancerous condition of the prostate. He said that he wants to see my father again in 2 months to observe where his condition is going, and that nothing should be done in the meantime.
Based on your experience, is this good advice? Should my father get a second opinion, or just trust this doctor? Is there anything my father should be doing?

Posted by Joe.R

[display_name id=”1″]Honestly, I would wait the two months. Prostate cancer progresses really slowly and has one of the highest survival rates of all cancers. Like someone else already said, nothing can be done before it is actually cancerous. If this is any consolation, my dad had prostate cancer in the past, like 5 years ago maybe. He has had tons of scary health conditions and being like 12 at the time I was scared to death! He only underwent radiation and no chemo therapy for not that long and now he is healthy once again. It was very scary when I found out my dad had cancer, but I can assure you since you caught it very early and now the condition is being monitored, you dad will be alright.

Prostate??!!!?My father says his prostate count is high or something like that he says its 6.0 or something like that anywayz he says he needs surgery for it and he says its from being under alot of stress somebody please tell me what this means!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Charelle L

[display_name id=”1″]He’s probably a bit stressed over trying to explain to you what the matter is. Maybe I can help.

Most men experience an enlarged prostate gland later in life. This often causes men to have to urinate more often even though the bladder may not be full. If this starts to happen, a man might go to the doctor and find that he also has a high PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) count in his blood. When there is a PSA score higher than 4.0 OR the count is significantly higher from one test to the next (like going from 2.0 to 4.0, for instance), the doctor may order a biopsy of the prostate to test for cancer. Ten to twelve tiny samples of prostate tissue are taken and observed in a lab. If one or more of the samples tests positive for cancer, there may be a need to remove the prostate gland (radical prostatectomy) or have therapy to kill off the cancer (radiation or proton therapy that does not require removal. There are other therapies, as well.

If your father says that he is going to have surgery for it, then it is likely that he has been diagnosed with cancer of the prostate. Prostate cancer may be completely cured by removal of the prostate. It may be that your father doesn’t have prostate cancer and that he is having it removed for another reason, but I doubt it. Usually, the only reason for surgical removal of the prostate is for cancer.

After removal, your father will continue to have PSA blood tests. Typically, his PSA count will be “0.1”, which means that there are no prostate-specific antigens in his blood. That’s good. After five years of PSA levels at 0.1, the person is typically “cured” – no prostate, no prostate cancer.

I hope this helps.


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