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***PSA Tests for Prostate Cancer at The Valley tomorrow***

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  • edited June 2
    Very best wishes for a 'nothing to worry about' @essex_al and @henry irving.

    Now I must get on that sponsorship link.

  • Very best wishes for a 'nothing to worry about' @essex_al and @henry irving.

    Now I must get on that sponsorship link.

    Just catching up. Ditto this.
  • Prompted by this thread, I went to my doctor recently to get tested. He said I'd only been tested a couple of years ago and that it really wasn't necessary to get tested more frequently than every 5 years. Anyone else been told that?
  • Davo55 said:

    Prompted by this thread, I went to my doctor recently to get tested. He said I'd only been tested a couple of years ago and that it really wasn't necessary to get tested more frequently than every 5 years. Anyone else been told that?

    I didn't know anything at all until @Tracey prompted me with her get tested at The Valley promotion.
    Maybe we could have a "Dear Tracy" page in next seasons programme. ;)
  • Davo55 said:

    Prompted by this thread, I went to my doctor recently to get tested. He said I'd only been tested a couple of years ago and that it really wasn't necessary to get tested more frequently than every 5 years. Anyone else been told that?

    Your doctor is not right. Imagine what could happen in those 5 years if it’s not detected in time and gets the chance to spread.
    I was told yearly and I know some men who have family history get it done every 6 months.
  • Davo55 said:

    Prompted by this thread, I went to my doctor recently to get tested. He said I'd only been tested a couple of years ago and that it really wasn't necessary to get tested more frequently than every 5 years. Anyone else been told that?

    I was told by my doctor years ago to be checked every year, but when I moved to a different county, my new doctor said it was a waste of time and wasn't a good enough proof, so I stopped going until a couple of years ago when I discovered that 4 of my neighbours were all shown to have a high count. I went to my doctor had a test and luckily for me it was low, but if doctors do not agree how do we know what to do?
  • @Tracey is this something you/Charlton will be promoting annually? Up until you told me otherwise I assumed I would have tested as a matter of course due to my age, also I had 7 or 8 blood tests during last year for various other aches and pains. The mixed messages from gps are confusing.
  • Tracey said:

    T_C_E said:

    @Tracey is this something you/Charlton will be promoting annually? Up until you told me otherwise I assumed I would have tested as a matter of course due to my age, also I had 7 or 8 blood tests during last year for various other aches and pains. The mixed messages from gps are confusing.

    I personally would love to do this annually at the Club. When the sale is done it is something I will be hoping to discuss with them.
    I believe Prostate Cancer are pushing for it to be mandatory for men to receive letters annually to encourage them to go for the tests. I also believe the blood test is being improved so it’s more accurate.
    On the bike ride we have met so many people who have lost their Dads/family/friends and men who have the cancer. Raising awareness is key to catching it early.
    Thank you and the bike ride is something I would like to take part in next year.
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  • Thank you and the bike ride is something I would like to take part in next year.

    Wow brilliant. It truly was an amazing weekend. I will let you know when next years registration will be open.
  • edited June 3
    It was so well organised. You just had to turn up with a bike and a suitcase and everything was done for you barring the pedalling. Even novice riders were able to complete the course (although almost all had done some training).
    We might even persuade @Leroy Ambrose to come along next year to look after us?
  • Davo55 said:

    Prompted by this thread, I went to my doctor recently to get tested. He said I'd only been tested a couple of years ago and that it really wasn't necessary to get tested more frequently than every 5 years. Anyone else been told that?

    I did the same as you. Only saw the nurse for the blood test and she said their recommendation was every 2 years for someone of my age (early sixties).
  • Tracey confirms takeover happening.

    Almost an official announcement : - )
  • Thabjs for the advice @Tracey and all
  • Sorry to hear your news EssexAl , fingers crossed they can get it sorted .
  • Essex_Al said:

    Had my results this morning, out of 32 samples, 4 were found to be cancerous!

    Further consultation in two weeks time to plan treatment. Likely to be off work for a couple of months!

    First thing they said was do I have a brother, which I do. Tell him to get tested immediately, which I will.

    Guys, Tracey has done an amazing job in highlighting Prostate cancer, if you've been putting it off, don't, go and get tested!

    Hope you get better news Ben.

    All the best for the treatment plan
  • Essex_Al said:

    Had my results this morning, out of 32 samples, 4 were found to be cancerous!

    Further consultation in two weeks time to plan treatment. Likely to be off work for a couple of months!

    First thing they said was do I have a brother, which I do. Tell him to get tested immediately, which I will.

    Guys, Tracey has done an amazing job in highlighting Prostate cancer, if you've been putting it off, don't, go and get tested!

    Hope you get better news Ben.

    So sorry to hear that Al...lets hope they can get you sorted ASAP.....best wishes from Hastings.
  • edited June 4
    I had a blood test at the end of Feb and just assumed that PSA would be included in the test (my sister seemed to think it would be as it was for my brother in law...who lives in the Gravesend area)....anyway it wasn't, and after discussing my test results with the nurse I asked should I have a PSA test....she said that if I really felt I should have one then I should. For the following month or so I ummed and arred whether I should go ahead. Then late in April I picked up a urine infection, pee was cloudy and I was pissing more then usual (after a weekend on the sauce).
    Doctor said go for PSA blood test after a course of antibiotics...Had the test around 10 days later and thankfully the result was OK/.67.
    It wasn't just the fact that I picked up an infection that made me want to get tested but actually reading this on CL also convinced me that it was the right thing to do....thanks to all those that have openly 'discussed' this issue on CL....hope it helps those with prostrate and other related issues.
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  • Sorry to hear that Al. All the best for positive and speedy treatment.
  • Sorry to hear that @Essex_Al and that all goes well with the treatment.
  • Sorry to hear Al, hope all goes well
  • Good luck with the treatment @Essex_Al and you too with your results @Henry Irving
  • LenGlover said:

    Good luck with the treatment @Essex_Al and you too with your results @Henry Irving

    This
  • Essex_Al said:

    Had my results this morning, out of 32 samples, 4 were found to be cancerous!

    Further consultation in two weeks time to plan treatment. Likely to be off work for a couple of months!

    First thing they said was do I have a brother, which I do. Tell him to get tested immediately, which I will.

    Guys, Tracey has done an amazing job in highlighting Prostate cancer, if you've been putting it off, don't, go and get tested!

    Hope you get better news Ben.

    I’m sorry to hear your news. But great they have caught it early. Please let me know if there is any way I can help support you. If I don’t know any queries I know someone who will! This forum is fantastic in supporting and talking to each other about your experiences. It shows your not alone which is the most important thing.
  • Al, ProstateCancerUK have just tweeted this:

    'Need to talk about a prostate problem? Our Specialist Nurses have all the time you need, and there's no such thing as a silly question. Call free on 0800 074 8383 to speak to one of our experts in confidence.'
  • Essex_Al said:

    Had my results this morning, out of 32 samples, 4 were found to be cancerous!

    Further consultation in two weeks time to plan treatment. Likely to be off work for a couple of months!

    First thing they said was do I have a brother, which I do. Tell him to get tested immediately, which I will.

    Guys, Tracey has done an amazing job in highlighting Prostate cancer, if you've been putting it off, don't, go and get tested!

    Hope you get better news Ben.

    Hi Al

    When you have your consultation in a fortnight, the key question you should ask is "what is my Gleason score". The Gleason system is the generic measurement system to determine to level of seriousness of the symptoms. It is a calculation based upon the number of cancerous prostate samples verses the total number of samples taken from your examination; plus the spread of the cancerous cells (all in one area of the prostate of spread over a wider area of the prostate).

    Simply for comparison purposes only, I had 12 samples taken, of which 4 were cancerous and my Gleason score was considered low.

    Best of luck for your consultation in a fortnight.
  • Good luck @Essex_Al . Glad they have spotted it early.
  • PeterGage said:

    Essex_Al said:

    Had my results this morning, out of 32 samples, 4 were found to be cancerous!

    Further consultation in two weeks time to plan treatment. Likely to be off work for a couple of months!

    First thing they said was do I have a brother, which I do. Tell him to get tested immediately, which I will.

    Guys, Tracey has done an amazing job in highlighting Prostate cancer, if you've been putting it off, don't, go and get tested!

    Hope you get better news Ben.

    Hi Al

    When you have your consultation in a fortnight, the key question you should ask is "what is my Gleason score". The Gleason system is the generic measurement system to determine to level of seriousness of the symptoms. It is a calculation based upon the number of cancerous prostate samples verses the total number of samples taken from your examination; plus the spread of the cancerous cells (all in one area of the prostate of spread over a wider area of the prostate).

    Simply for comparison purposes only, I had 12 samples taken, of which 4 were cancerous and my Gleason score was considered low.

    Best of luck for your consultation in a fortnight.
    Hi Peter, if that is the one that ranges from 6-10 with 6 being good, I scored a 7!
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