PSA Test

Nelson Retired Doctor, Lee Nelson, who survived prostate cancer said that it was an insidious and sneaky disease’insidious and sneaky’ disease. in the detection of prostate cancer men must be much more proactive. In 1997 following his first routine PSA blood test he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Up until then he had absolutely no symptoms or idea that he had the cancer that was spreading throughout his body as he was very fit and in good shape physically at 55 years old.

After the PSA blood test, Nelson returned to his homeland in the United States and consulted with some of the country’s top prostate cancer experts.

‘I was given seven different medical opinions, all strongly voiced,’ he said.

After studying thousands of medical papers on the topic, he decided on a ‘controversial’ treatment plan combining radiation therapy, hormonal therapy and lifestyle changes.

It is important to understand the disease because there are many treatment options available and also various potential side effects of those treatments, Nelson said.

‘Prostate cancer is a very insidious disease, it’s really sneaky and you’ve got to have your blood tested because you can have no symptoms like me and have a very, very dangerous situation,’ he said.

‘If I had waited one more year without getting a test, I wouldn’t be alive today. It’s as simple as that. If you have family history of prostate cancer you need to get your first test at 35 otherwise begin PSA testing at 40 years old’ Nelson recommends.

It’s a leading killing cancer of New Zealand men, equivalent to breast cancer,’ he said. breast cancer is publicised and promoted much more however.

Diet could help the prevention of the disease, try substituting fish for red meat, take vitamin D, try to reduce your stress levels and increase your exercise. Fruits like pomegranate and berries were beneficial for prostate health, he said.

In addition there are a few really good Prostate Supplements which if taken early enough and regularly could also assist in preventing prostate cancer disease taking hold.

In another case in NZ a 70-year-old man consulted his doctor at a health clinic with urinary symptoms that suggested an enlarged prostate. As part of his assessment, the GP performed a PSA blood test. The results caused the doctor to suspect prostate cancer as the PSA levels were elevated. The GP then decided that a repeat PSA Test should be performed after three months. The clinic did write to the man once to remind him that he needed to have a further PSA test but didn’t followup that initial contact.

After a year the man consulted his doctor about blood in his urine. Another PSA test was taken and it showed a higher PSA levels than the previous year. and the man was subsequently diagnosed with a spreading prostate cancer by a consultant urologist.

So the real message here is as follows;

Start taking Prostate Supplements such as %Maximum Prostate1% maximum prostate from an early age – don’t wait until it’s too late.

Prevention is better than cure.
Start getting PSA tested at around 40 years old and then keep that up every year. Don’t forget to follow up if your doctor recommends it or ask to see a Urologist if PSA levels are too high. Over 2,900 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year making it the most common cancer in NZ men . 50% (335) of the 670 that die per year from prostate cancer could be prevented in NZ through early detection. See %PSA Testing2% PSA Testing for more info.

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