Can you stand ONE more comment about PSA and prostate cancer?

One last comment about PSA. We have people at both ends of the spectrum writing us. Some are furious that their loved one died of the treatment. Others are indignant that we don’t see what a wonderful gift the PSA test is for saving lives. I think this brief experience Dave R. wrote us is worth bringing front and center:

“Thanks for the article.  I went in for a routine physical a couple of years ago (I’m a scout leader and needed one for summer camp).  My doctor suggested that I should have a PSA test.  I said fine.  My PSA count was moderately high for my age and I was referred to a specialist.  The specialist confirmed the readings and suggested a biopsy.  I procrastinated the biopsy for a year and then finally went in for the procedure.  It was not only uncomfortable, but painful.  My doctor said that the biopsy was negative and told me that in his opinion, I will never have prostate cancer.  In fact, he has never had a patient with a negative biopsy ever get prostate cancer.  This should be the end of a moderate to good story, but now I am considered uninsurable unless I’m included on a big companies heath plan.  Just because I had a moderately high PSA test!  I wouldn’t advise anyone to get a PSA test.  I’ve heard too many other horror stories.”

Thank you for sharing that, Dave, and I’m sorry it happened to you. I know several people who have been tormented for years by Dept. of Family Services for not administering the drugs that pediatricians demanded their child take. When you go in for an ear infection, that simply isn’t an outcome you expect! I worried about that, myself, since I had a child with chronic ear infections but never gave her an antibiotic (I did get tubes in her ears, however), and I needed the pediatrician to work with me, and know that AB’s were not my remedy of choice. To that end, I had to change pediatricians.

I’m sure Dave never counted on getting a PSA resulting in his becoming “uninsurable” and being forced to work for only big companies.

3 thoughts on “Can you stand ONE more comment about PSA and prostate cancer?

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  1. So what you do if one of your kids got cancer? I have read in the news where they have tried to get alternatives treatments for their kids and they were put in jail because of it. Right now, our only plan is to take them straight to mexico to get thesame treatments our family has gotten treatment before anyone knows we r gone and have him come back healthy. Do u have any other ideas so avoid jail time?

  2. Obamacare will cover Dave’s insurance problem next year but this is a real life example of how insurance companies are allowed to discriminate for their profits.

  3. Insurance companies are of the devil, no mistake. I have lupus and have very deliberately avoided the test that would medically confirm it–I want to adopt someday and I fear that they would deny me if the information were “officially” noted. Especially as I refuse to ever undergo treatment–i’ve seen what steroids and plaquenil have done for my sister–bubkes. Worse than bupkes–I changed my diet and became WELL, she just had her umpteenth surgery and two weeks of sheer hell as her body reacted to the procedure as if it were an alien invasion. What if we just all became healthy, on our own, and stopped seeing doctors altogehter? What if doctors were lonelier than the maytag repairman?

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