I'm not used to forums, but here goes.
My story starts with my sister, who, as it turns out, along with most of the females on my Dad's side of the family had the BRACA1 gene. She discovered this when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she has since passed away, bless her.
Consequently I took the gene test and I too have the gene.
As a result, since 2013 I have had yearly PSA tests, as men with the BRACA1 gene have greater chance of being diagnosed with PC.
All was going swimmingly until the start of October when my PS score read 5.2 (should be below 3), a 2nd test a month later showed 4.2, good news? I don't know. GP did a DRE, the prostrate was slightly enlarged, but not of significance for man my age. (I'm 56).
Anyway I was referred to Urology.
A week later I had an MRI scan, I had the results yesterday, there is an issue and a score of 4, not too sure what that means.
Anyway today I underwent a TRUS biopsy and I get the results next week. Had a further DRE and the Urologist indicated the same as the GP.
So anxiety has crept in, I'm pretty sure I will be diagnosed with PC, my anxiety relates to what degree I have it. Having said that i ave had no symptoms, other than the raised PSA score, so fingers crossed for some goods news from a worrying situation.
Hats off to the NHS, whatever the outcome it will be 4 weeks from the 2nd PSA result to diagnosis. I don't know if that's reflected in other parts of the UK, or if it was down to family history. Either way I'm grateful.
The other thing I would like to mention is, for those of you who are about to have a TRUS biopsy, it may make your toes curl slightly, but I've had worse at the dentist.
I'll keep you posted