Based on experience, get your PSA screened yearly | LETTER

“Modern medicine makes it easier for each of us to take charge and be responsible for our own health.”

This letter is in response to the Nov. 17 article titled “Prostate cancer: To test or not to test.”

Based on my personal experience, I do not understand why yearly PSA (Prostate-specific antigen) screening is not recommended for men. In 1996, several months after my 60th birthday, I had my annual physical. My PSA number was 30 percent higher than the previous year. PSA is a simple blood test that detects diseases of the Prostate, one of which is cancer. A biopsy confirmed I had prostate cancer. After conferring with an oncologist and a radiologist; it was determined my cancer was contained, so I had my prostate surgically removed. Since then, my annual physicals show I am cancer free.

My advice to every man over 50, or over 40 if you have prostate cancer in the family — have an annual physical that includes a PSA blood test. Know your PSA and track it. It is an easy marker for each of us to record. Do not rely solely on your doctor for detection. Modern medicine makes it easier for each of us to take charge and be responsible for our own health.

Roger Winter

Renton

More in Opinion

Guest Opinion: Eyman’s run an election wildcard for 2020

We knew it would happen. It’s a wonder it took this long.… Continue reading

Growing up as a Republican

I grew up in a Republican home. My family valued honesty, dependability,… Continue reading

Letters to the editor for the week of Nov. 15

Reader’s child enjoys stories about community Dear editor, I just read “It’s… Continue reading

George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’

The journalist is a Constitutional Originalist, but the framers’ sole focus wasn’t solely freedom.

Container math: Divide your roots to multiply your plants

By the month of November gardeners and gardening goals have moved indoors.… Continue reading

No cost to vote, but million spent to influence it

Check out the numbers behind the November 2019 general election.

Time to complete some fall chores with winter looming

The last week of October means you’ll be haunted with regret if… Continue reading

George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’

In 1986, the Wall Street Journal called him, “perhaps the most powerful… Continue reading

Letters to the editor for the week of Oct. 25

Reader says Alberson supports community Dear editor, James Alberson is all about… Continue reading

Which veggies to keep, and which to compost

The third week of October is a good time to dig in… Continue reading

Limp competitive (boring?) election season in Olympia

OLYMPIA — Nine of the most powerful political jobs in Washington state… Continue reading

Letters to the editor for the week of Oct. 18

Reader credits Pavone for giving them a voice Dear editor, What do… Continue reading