Prostate Numbers and What They Mean

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Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test - National Cancer Institute

Questions and Answers

Will every man get prostate cancer?And have to have their prostate removed eventually? Or can a monthly prostate exam prevent this? How easily can prostate cancer be treated if a monthly prostate exam catches it early on?

Posted by Mister D
[display_name id=”0″]Ques: “will every man get prostate cancer?”
Ans. No, not every man will get prostate cancer. Cancer of the prostate occurred in only 15% of men in the USAQues:”Have their prostate eventually be removed?”
Ans. Good numbers of men go through life without their prostate giving them any problems!!

Ques: Can monthly prostate exam prevent this (meaning prostate cancer)
Ans. Monthly prostate exam will not prevent occurence of prostate cancer….but recent evidence point to the fact that taking a certain medication for benign prostatic hypertrophy seems to diminish the incidence of prostate cancer! If interested, check with your Urologist. Also there is evidence that Vit D (sunlight) diminish the incidence of prostate cancer.

Ques: “How easily can prostate cancer be treated………”
Ans. Early prostate can be treated (or even cured) …the type of treatment is variable depending if cancer is localized, the patient age and preferences.

Hope I answered your questions…Good luck!

What does an high blood count mean?Because my dad had prostate cancer 15 years ago but now he is clear but is last blood test shown a high blood count could this mean it is coming back?

Thank you for all the good answers.

Posted by Richard

[display_name id=”0″]With prostate cancer the thing being watched is the PSA so in this particular instance it probably means that his PSA number/count has increased. (PSA- Prostate Specific Antigen) And no it doesn’t necessary mean that it’s come back, just that further checking is needed.

Prostate cancer numbers?My dad has prostate cancer and his number is 6.something.
He started out at 4. He’s doing the natural route and says the doctor says that anything above 10 is a problem.
Is this true?
Is there a chart somewhere saying 6 is ok, 8 is bad, 10 really bad…ect?
Also is this a type of cancer that runs in the family? Like all my uncles should be checked? I just found out one of my husbands uncle has it, so my husband dad should be checked out too?

Posted by Mom to one cute boy!

[display_name id=”0″]The PSA test numbers can be all over the map, and they are only useful for screening or monitoring. A value of 4.0 is used as a threshold to continue monitoring and to help with decisions about getting a biopsy, but in your dad’s case, it provides a baseline to compare later measurements. There isn’t a chart that explains what the values mean because there is way too much variance in the levels of this antigen. A person could have prostate cancer with a PSA as low as 4, and a person can be cancer free with numbers that are nearly ten times this amount.

Prostate cancer grows very slowly. It usually takes decades to become advanced. In your dad’s situation, it makes sense to watch this for a while to see what happens. I would expect that he is getting tested several times per year. If the number keeps advancing then its time to intervene. There is no magic number, but if there is a steady advance at each test date for 3-4 consecutive tests, or the absolute count suddenly doubles, then these types of circumstances would suggest that its time to initiate treatment.…

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