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A physician friend called me about an issue with a patient of his this past week. I answered his questions and I then asked, ” How is your PSA?” ” John, it’s been about four years since I have had that or a rectal exam.” I said, “Do me a favor and get one, please.” He calls me back later in the week and tells me his PSA was 16. Now…that is the issue we are facing with all men, but it is more dramatic when a physician is guilty of not being checked regularly.
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Dr. McHugh, you are absolutely correct, but it’s a problem even getting men to have an annual checkup. I allowed two and a half years to go between checkups, and when I had one, my Dr. thought the prostate felt suspicious and recommended I see a urologist. The urologist thought it marginal, but meanwhile my PSA had come back at 4.95. He recommended a biopsy, which showed 7 cancerous samples of 12 with a Gleason score of 7 (3+4). I had DaVinci surgery Jan. 28 and there was no lymph node involvement. I’m almost back to normal in terms of bladder control, but no progress on ED yet.
I could easily have let my checkup slip further because I felt fine with no issues. But having had triple bypass 15 years ago, I like to keep an eye on my cholesterol, and that’s what made me get the check up. I think a lot of men think if they feel good there’s no need for a check up. Not so. If I had waited another year, the results of the surgery might not have been so good. We must get men to get annual checkups.