Really interesting and controversial debate ! I signed the petition, I know the pros and cons of the argument and admit to signing for very emotional and some might argue, not entirely rational reasons, that being the loss of my partner nearly a year ago from advanced PCa, too late by the time symptoms began. I bet Neil wouldnt have gone for a PSA test even if it was on offer because he wasnt bothered about his health, many are the same. My neighbour was accidentally discovered to have PCa when his cardiologist happened to say 'let's do a PSA test along with all the cardiology tests.' That saved my neighbour's life. I am so aware when I listen to radio phone ins, how many respondants have approached their GP's, with symptoms of concern, to be discouraged from any further cancer tests and when they are finally investigated, the disease is there and spreading. No test or regime will ever be perfect, but if it's all you have got, I don't blame people wanting to go for it.
I recently responded to an article in the Daily Mail I happened to read ; a man who had an increased PSA, had a TURP on recommendation of his urologist, no cancer found, but his complaint was that the repercussion of the TURP had serious side effects for him. This was next to an article by Micheal Mosely about unneccessary health tests. In my letter, which they published, I did comment that unfortunate though the repercusssions of the Turp was for the writer, at least he was still alive, and my partner damn well isnt !!
Fiona. ( Will have to rename myself ' Angry of Bristol' at this rate ! )