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.