Hi Lyn, Barry & Gordon. Sorry for my late reply. I had ticked 'get email notifications', yet didn't get any, so thought no-one had replied! Sorry Gordon, I don't know how to do 'quotes', so couldn't do what you asked.
Anyway, My brother was diagnosed at 63 (in 2011) & is now 69 and has had his 'all clear' having had his prostate removed by keyhole surgery. I am 57 going on 58 (soon). My doctor said he'd refer me to a Uro like I said, but he said 'you'll have an ultrasound and then get the results from that, when they will decide whether you need a biopsy or not. (I see I've said that already, oh well). The appointment letter came today and says that I will have an ultrasound, then the biopsy either during or immediately after the scan! So who's telling the truth? As my PSA is falling and because I am still slowly recovering from two very bad bouts of something similar to Norovirus (that somehow wasn't contagious)!? I would rather wait a bit longer and have another PSA, just to see if it's fallen anymore. However, if it's in my best interest to have it there and then, so be it. Yes Lyn, I agree, it's better to have an early diagnosis, than an early death! Also, no one else in my family has had any sort of cancer to my knowledge. We are close enough, but don't speak, or see each other very often.
Right Gordon, my prostate/bladder problems are that when I had both of these bouts of illness, I was left with what I believe, was a UTI. (Slow, thin stream, pain while passing urine and many trips to the loo overnight). My doctor on that day (who I've never seen before) did a dipstick test on urine, saying that there was no need to send any off to be tested and that I didn't have any infection! He also did a DRE and concluded that my prostate was slightly enlarged, leading to the PSA. He stuck me on Tamsulosin, which I endured for three days, with daily increases of side-effects. (I already suffer from low blood pressure and that didn't help). By the fourth day following the appointment (seventh day of symptoms), my 'infection' had cleared up and my flow had returned to normal and has been so ever since. (I had identical symptoms in my 20's, which also cleared up within a week). I saw a nurse today (who my disabled partner had gone to see, but she used to work on a prostate ward apparently), who said that this seemed more like I had bad dehydration (I did), and quoted a word at me that sounds like prostatitis, but is pronounced differently? I haven't found what that is yet, so am still researching. So the test is next Tuesday (19th.), when I will update you all, unless I get replies to this, which I promise to answer much quicker next time! Many thanks for your help everyone!