Whilst I was visting my Dad recently (he is near 80), I nagged him to get checked out as A) I'm have it and B) he has had on and off back ache.
He is a stubborn bugger and kicked back at the time but admitted today that he went to his GP. He had a symptom screening chat, a DRE and a urine test on the grounds that the GP claimed that if you have Prostate Cancer you will have blood in your urine.
As far as I know, haematuria is only a *possible* marker for advanced PCA not early stage (abscence of blood does not rule out PSA and presence of blood may not be PCA).
I asked him about the usual symptoms and none were apparent apart from backache but he has been replacing his kitchen so that is a likely cause.
She said he was fine to have a PSA test if things change.
I had to rewrite this several times as the first few drafts were me venting at the possible utter stupidity of my Dad's GP. On reflection, I thought it better to err on the side of generosity as I wasn't there and don't know what was actually said. I love my Dad but he is stubborn and may not have actually asked for the test.
I was a bit "wtf?" to him and nagged him a bit about getting the actual test but he was "what the Dr said" and my "do not push it radar" kicked in.
On one hand, he is at risk as I have it but on the other, he does not present with much. I'm wondering whether I should leave it a while and try again regarding the test. Any advice from others with fathers in the same boat? I do not want him to go through what I have.
It shows how hard it is dealing with loved ones when it comes to this bloody disease even before it arises