Re: "Prostate screening not backed by evidence," Nov. 14.
I felt it necessary to address this article for various reasons.
I nursed my husband for 18 months while he struggled with prostate cancer spreading to his skeletal system and lungs.
He believed in worrying about illness when it strikes and not "looking for trouble." He resisted preventive medicine and paid the ultimate price for his neglect - death.
I am no expert on drug-policy research like Alan Cassels, but strongly believe that "a stitch in time saves nine." If cancer is caught in time and treated by the wonderful experts out there in the field of medicine, there is hope. Checking the PSA and monitoring it is a relatively simple way of doing this.
Life is precious and with the expertise of the doctors involved and the drug companies, my family and I enjoyed and are grateful for the extra time and memories allowed us by prolonging my husband's life. He willingly entered drug trials, knowing by doing so he might be able to help others, though not himself, as by not having regular PSA tests and not getting help, he had allowed the cancer to metastasize.
This is not easy to write as I am grieving, but please get that PSA done soon, as it is important to catch cancer in the early stages.
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