Just found out I have prostate cancer...
I'm 51, and for the past 2 years, i've been getting my PSA levels checked about every 6 months. In December 2021, my PSA numbers were 'elevated' so the doc took notice (i tested at 4.7, the doc said it should be around 3.5). So i tested again in Feb, 2022 and the number had dropped to 4.3. Great news, i thought, so we tested again in July, 2022, and the level was a calming 3.6. Next test, in December 2022, was 4.1… then, out of nowhere (June, 2023), i found myself at 6.6 and have since been more and more concerned that this might be cancer. Prostate exam suggested that it was possible, followed by an ultrasound that was 'inconclusive'… followed by one of the most unpleasant experiences of my 51 years… the biopsy (the recovery was worse than the procedure by far).
I got my results last week, showing adenocarcinoma in the right lateral base (60%) and the right lateral mid (1%) both having a gleason score of 3+3=6.
Though my results are that i am in a Gleason grade 1, which i have learned is the most favorable, it's still VERY concerning for me… Especially considering i'm barely into my 50's.
There is so much information on the internet, not all of it great, so i've been trying my best to get accurate information from reliable sources, which is what brought me to the Mayo.
I've decided to do nothing for now (Watchful waiting/Active Surveillance; getting PSA tests every 3 months)… I'm curious if others would agree with this approach.