Jen BabakhanDec 07
Jim O'Connell prides himself on being health conscious in every way, so when he received a prostate cancer diagnosisand the news that it was aggressivehe was shocked
Courtesy Jim O'ConnellWhen Jim OConnell moved to New York City in 1997, he signed up with a new doctor who ordered a basic panel of labs for the then 38-year-old. When a test measuring his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) showed a slightly elevated number, OConnell was sent to a urologist for further testing. He did a biopsy, which involves removing twelve pieces of the prostate for examination, and it was quite painful, he recalls. The biopsy results showed no cancer, and for the next two decades OConnell assumed he was cancer free, as he never missed appointments and regularly had his blood work done. Little did he know, subsequent doctors were not checking his PSAand the numbers were climbing.
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Theres been controversy about the PSA test and the validity of its use in detecting cancer, OConnell says. My doctors had changed a couple times, and when I realized the current doctor I had wasnt ...