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can i get myprostate removed

Posted 18 July 2017 20:56:40(UTC)

i am worried about pc my dad and uncle died of it another uncle as it and a cousin a son of the uncle got it and they removed it i am worried i will get it now i have just turned 50 is there any was they can remove the prostate before i get it i get tested every year

Posted 19 July 2017 07:37:04(UTC)

Hello Wayne and welcome

Short answer to your question is no, they will not remove your prostate just because you think it might become a problem.

Neither has turning 50 got anything  to do with whether you will develop Prostate cancer.

What you can do is get yourself down to your GP, explain your concerns and ask for a PSA test.

Come back and tell us what those results are and we can advise from there. It's true that from reading your post there is a strong family history of PC and you must emphasis that with your GP, telling him all the family history. Also whether your mother had a history of breast or ovarian cancer.

Sorry, just re-read your post and you say you get tested every year so you are already being monitored. What was your latest PSA and how does it relate to the previous ones.

Has it increased at all

Do you have any other symptoms,ie urinary or erectile disfunction?

We can't help with the amount of information given but I'm sure that no removal is going to be offered to you as a preventative. It just doesn't work like that and believe me, if you don't have just cause for major surgery to remove something that may not need it you could well be setting yourself up for a life that is worse than the worry you have now.


We can't control the winds - but we can adjust our sails
Posted 19 July 2017 08:29:24(UTC)

There's very good reasons for NOT having your prostate removed 'pre-emptively'.

You will have heard of women having breasts removed when there's a high familial risk, no doubt. But there's major differences with the prostate:

Removing a breast, though it may have psychological implications, is a relatively 'safe' procedure. The breast, being outside the ribcage, does not impinge directly on any other organ. While there are (usually small) risks of bleeding, infection and anaesthetic, there is virtually no risk to other organs.

Removing the prostate has all the same risks, plus the added - and much greater - risks of nerve damage, bowel damage and bladder damage.

Additionally - though I don't know the detailed statistics - women who have mastectomies for familial cancer are avoiding the near certainty of a form of breast cancer that carries a very high mortality risk. With your family history, your risk of prostate cancer is significantly increased, but it is by no means certain. And, should it occur, your mortality risk is about 50%; probably less, because with monitoring, you are likely to catch it early, if it happens at all.

Very different situations! Keep regular monitoring; search this site and other reputable sites for advice on the optimum frequency.

And remember that a raised PSA is NOT a diagnosis.

Good Luck!


-- Andrew --

"I intend to live forever, or die trying" - Groucho Marx
Posted 19 July 2017 11:23:38(UTC)
Can I suggest that you get your gene profile done, my husband has his checked after losing his sister at 49 years to ovarian cancer and he was diagnosed with PC at 59 years. The results showed that he was not carrying the gene I know it's a bit like closing the stable door after the horse had bolted but he was part of a study regarding cancer and the gene. If you ask your g. p. how you could be tested then either it will put your mind at rest or you are entitled to have annual PSA tests.
Prior to having the test you will be counselled in depth, leaving a week prior to your consent or otherwise.
Hope that helps
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