PSA… A Public Service Announcement
I insist you read this. Mistress’ orders.
Today, I learned that a wonderful TV friend, James Michael Tyler who played Gunther on the show Friends for 10 years has Stage 4 Prostate Cancer. It was found with the PSA test… a simple blood test to look for Prostate Cancer. Easy peasy. He had NO symptoms at all and his cancer, when found, was Stage 4.
He is speaking out so YOU will not have to deal with what he is. He is determined to save at least one life. Please let that life be yours.
Your job is to ask for a PSA Test at your next doctor visit… whatever doctor you see can order it.
PSA – Prostate-Specific Antigen Test
The PSA Test is routine for folks with a prostate over 50-years old, but if you have the genetics that predispose you to prostate cancer, it can hit earlier. These are the guidelines by the American Cancer Society:
- Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and are expected to live at least 10 more years.
- Age 45 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65).
- Age 40 for men at even higher risk (those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age).
If Prostate Cancer is Found Early…
… the likelihood of living is spectacular!
- 5-year relative survival rate of nearly 100 percent.
- 10-year relative survival rate of 98 percent.
- 15-year relative survival rate of 95 percent.
Above is a chart showing the survival rate depending on what stage the cancer is when found. Look at the 100% for incentive to get tested NOW!
I’m Begging You
And you know Mistresses are not wont to beg, but please, please do this for me… for yourself. Please ask for the PSA Test soon.
Mistress Daphne each year I have that simple PSA test. (Im old… but imparting wisdom) A bit of blood drawn and peace of mind. Do it. I have a wonderful doctor and she has done her darnedest to keep me in fine fettle. Confiding to all, I’ve had 2 heart attacks and I’m full of chicken wire, (my fault) but keep on top of all the tests that will hopefully avoid the unexpected.
A PSA test is essential. I do have family that have been afflicted and i Hope Mistress Daphne’s pleas spur any and all of this vital screening to your future health.
Sweet little peg!
Thank you for sharing some of your medical history! It is true, once we get older, there are many times we cannot undo what has been done and we deal with what we have.
But with the PSA Test, we have a chance to save our own lives by being brave and taking the blood test. It’s a great way to circumvent a disaster and create a more aware path ahead.
Thank you so much, dear one. Thank you!