Prostate Cancer is known as the silent killer, but it does not have to be.
Not all men with Prostate Cancer have symptoms and early detection is vital.
From a wife’s prospective
Whilst all of us women check ourselves for Breast Cancer, and we are fully aware of the need to continually be aware, men slip under the radar for Prostate Cancer as not everyone gets symptoms and are unable to check themselves, unlike Testicular Cancer.
My husband at the age of 50 went to his GP for a routine MOT and our doctor decided to do a Simple Blood test to check my husband’s PSA Levels. The Levels came back and whilst not overly high there was cause for concern and he was referred to a Consultant at the Priory Hospital in Birmingham. He was checked out and had a biopsy that looked OK, however, his PSA readings continued to rise and so his Consultant suggested a Mapping Procedure which is more invasive but not overly so. The results 2 weeks later, prostate cancer was diagnosed. As a wife I was supportive to my husband in his choice of a radical prostatectomy, which was carried out just under 12 months ago. The first PSA reading 3 months after surgery were great and in July it will be the first anniversary PSA Test.
Although it was not happening to me, the surgery the recovery, as a wife is it shattering that there was nothing I could do, I could not make the cancer disappear and someone else was in control.
Many GP’s think that PSA tests should be carried out only on Men nearing retirement, this is because it is seen as an ageing cancer, this is not the case, more and more men younger than my husband are Prostate Cancer positive, only yesterday someone we know has been diagnosed and is going through the trauma of hearing he has cancer, at the age of 44.
To all those wife’s and partners reading this, encourage your partner, husband to ask his GP for a PSA test, tell them not to be put off by the GP, at the end of the day it is a Simple Blood Test that can detect the early stages of this Silent Killer.
Operations Director, Health Matters