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At the age of 60 in 1996 I had a cystoscopy (internal examination) as my urine flow was very weak and I was out of bed 6 or 7 times during the night. The urologist said "Your prostate would win a highly commended in a produce show" so he recommended a TURP to ease urine flow. The biopsy on the tissue removed showed traces of cancer. I went for a further needle biopsy which showed that it was well spread. My PSA count was only 6.5. I was offered the choice of Surgery, Radio Therapy or wait and see. Then the surgery was very serious as the latest robotic / micro surgery had not been invented. If I had surgery I could still have RT after if necessary. If I took the 'wait and see' route I was told that I would only have about 2 years. So I went for the surgery. It was quite intrusive but I got over it and for six years was fine albeit that it put a big dent in my sex life. I went for PSA tests every 6 months and after six years it started to rise again. I was then sent for Radio Therapy treatment. A total of 37 daily visits. It wasn't that bad but made me very tired. I am now 81 and falling apart with all sorts of age related ailments. But it has been 22 years since the PC and I have had no further problem with it. I had a stage 2 melanoma on my arm which was successfully removed and I have regular check ups as it would seem I have the cancer gene. It is worrying at the time to be told that one has cancer but keeping a positive mental attitude helps.

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    Thank you for sharing. I think it is so valuable and important to hear from men who have had procedures done from quite a while ago. I'm glad they caught the cancer in time and you have been a survivor for all these years. Thank you for the update.

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