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Old 06-12-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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http://www.pintsforprostates.org/

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but I don't see a better section...

I saw an advert for this on the back page of the current Brew issue. I'm a PC survivor and this couldn't make me happier. Some quick facts then I'll leave you alone:

Odds of a woman contracting breast cancer: 1 in 8.
Odds of a man contracting prostate cancer: 1 in 6.

And this is not just an "old man" disease. I was 47 when it hit me.

There is a simple blood test that can detect prostate cancer years before the "finger" method. It's called a PSA test (Prostate Specific Antigen). No fasting required. You will read newspaper articles decrying "over testing" and how it "scares" people unnecessarily. Honestly, I've never heard anything so stupid in my life. I'm alive today due to early testing. My sister is dead (breast cancer) because she didn't. Do the math.

If you're over 40, you really need to know what your PSA is, *AND* you need to do it every year. An elevated PSA in and of itself is not cause for alarm. The single most important metric you can know is how FAST your PSA is rising (called your "PSA Velocity"). Your PSA Velocity will tell you and your doctor more than anything else (aside from a biopsy, and you don't want that if you don't need it - trust me on that one). In order to know your PSA Velocity, you MUST have a PSA test once a year. Duh. Don't be a puss - just do it.

Please support prostate cancer awareness. The life you save could be your own, or someone you love.

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:05 PM   #2
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+1. Get tested. Sure, the blood test is not as much fun as the good old fashioned Finger method, but it can get you flagged earlier, so go get checked!

I am pretty sure that my insurance covers the PSA test. Check your insurance and ask your doctor about it. I know more than a couple of guys who have had surgery. Don't be like them!

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Old 06-13-2011, 03:04 PM   #3
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Sure, the blood test is not as much fun as the good old fashioned Finger method
It was just supposed to be one finger? That lying pervert.

Seriously tho...^^^what those guys said...get tested.
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Old 06-13-2011, 03:18 PM   #4
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It was just supposed to be one finger? That lying pervert.

Seriously tho...^^^what those guys said...get tested.
And don't let him tell it takes longer than 10 minutes. That's what my doctor said it should be.

 
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Apparently, according to my doctor, I have a very tight anus. If I ever find out I'm gay, I will definitely have to be a pitcher.

 
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In prison you would be worth many packs of smokes.

Another reason to never let them find the bodies!

 
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If I ever find out I'm gay
Given your sig, I would think you'd of found out by now

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In prison you would be worth many packs of smokes.

Another reason to never let them find the bodies!
He's invisible...how would they know he was even there?
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There is a simple blood test that can detect prostate cancer years before the "finger" method.
that is fantastic news.

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He's invisible...how would they know he was even there?
He's not "invisible" so much as he just likes to hide in the closet and watch.
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Excellent! a good cause and brilliant method of getting the information out.

Thanks for posting it her OP! I've known a couple people who have gone through surgery due to PC and it is no joke. Thankfully they are both healthy survivors today!

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