Blog posts tagged as test



The Fickle Finger of Fate
2013-08-26 9:38:00 AM
My doctor has happily given me physical prostate exams since I was in my early thirties. I have a family history of prostate cancer and we both knew that at some point there was a very good likelihood that I’d end up with the disease, so he regularly did a rectal exam at least once a year and often more than that. At least once a year, I had a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test done as well. It’s a simple blood test that measures the level of the PSA in your blood, and I think it’s a valuable extra tool doctors should use to help determine someone’s prostate health. There’s a lot of debate about using the PSA test alone, for a myriad of reasons, but in my case we had a long-standing baseline measurement that, combined with regular manual exams, gave us a pretty accurate picture of my prostate health.
Overcoming Fear with Information
2013-09-17 1:33:32 PM
Many articles and posts have discussed fear and the fact that prostate cancer will evoke this emotion in many men and their loved ones. As someone with a family history of prostate cancer, I do have fears related to prostate cancer.
My Dad Didn't Survive Prostate Cancer
2013-12-05 2:05:49 PM
My dad lost his long, courageous battle with prostate cancer on October 1, 2013, surrounded by the love of his family at home. I want to tell his story to let others know that even one missed PSA test can mean the difference between life and loss.
Early Detection: A Family Issue
2014-12-16 2:14:19 PM

"I can say with absolute certainty that the PSA test saved my husband’s life."

Not on My Radar: Jim Yarrow's Story
2014-12-24 3:16:38 PM
Jim Yarrow understands the critical importance of early detection because, as he says, “Prostate cancer was not on my radar” when it became an enormous factor in his life.
Giving Families More Time
2015-01-16 11:05:02 AM
When my husband Ron was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, he asked the doctor how much time he had left…
A Survivor's Tale: Plotting Against Prostate Cancer
2015-11-30 11:28:59 AM
Looking back on the time he spent tracking his Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels, Jon Picken joked that he wished his corporate balance sheet had followed the same upward trend.
Evan Hickey's Story
2016-12-05 11:48:11 AM
When Evan Hickey learned that his father, Bob, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was shocked - left with what he describes as "a very surreal feeling". That was in 2009, and at the time he didn't know much about the disease. He had a lot of questions...
My wife, a PSA test, and a prostate cancer diagnosis - in that order
2016-12-22 11:53:27 AM
When Brian Hillis first began experiencing symptoms of the most common cancer in men, the oft-used expression that prostate cancer is a family’s disease could not have rung more true. Whereas spending so much time standing in the bathroom struggling to urinate in the middle of the night didn’t strike him as a cause for concern, his wife, June, on the other hand, heard the resulting silence as the sound of deafening alarm bells.
Kicking Prostate Cancer Where the Sun Doesn't Shine
2017-10-27 10:31:47 AM
Len Rhodes is the CEO & President of the Edmonton Eskimos CFL Football Team & Plaid For Dad Ambassador
Rick Ducharme: Living today with an eye on tomorrow
2017-12-15 12:20:24 PM
“I’m a lucky man,” reflected Rick Ducharme, 68, on a life he has both cherished and feels confident is far from over.

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