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He is not only my best friend. He is my gorgeous, wonderful, much loved hubby. Ian nipped to the docs on December 27th to ask if he need be worried that on the VERY RARE occasion he needed to make a dash to the loo. There and then a blood sample was taken and sent off for the PSA test. Within a couple of days he received the phone call to say it was slightly elevated (11.0 Normal is roughly under 4) and an appointment had been made to see the specialist a few days later. Following an ultrasound scan, an examination, and an mri scan, biopsies were taken. When we were given the results a few days ago it was a huge shock, naturally. Being told you have cancer must be just about the most difficult things you are ever going to be told when it comes to your health. However, it isn’t all 'doom and gloom'. Ian is very lucky, in a way. It is what is described as 'localised cancer' meaning it is totally within the prostate. He is going to talk to the surgeon on Monday to discuss the removal of the gland. This may be the best way forward. He will also talk it through with the radiologist as radiology treatment this could be another option. Being a member of a male dominated forum prompted me to write this post. I had rarely thought about prostate cancer until a few days ago. If I had, I thought it was something that happened to older men, and to do with having to go for numberable trips to the loo in the night and problems getting an erection. Ian didn’t have ANY symptoms other than the very rare occasion when he suddenly HAD to go for a wee in a hurry! From what I can gather with all my Googling and research I understand some men may feel embarrassed to go to their doctor to discuss any kind of problem in this ‘department'. And the thought of how it is checked - yes!, it is a little embarrassing (I expect!) but it only takes a few minutes and then the blood test and scan, if required, are routine procedures. Having a prostate biopsy is uncomfortable but doesn’t take long and is soon behind you (so to speak)! And after all that, the chances are there isn’t cancer present at all. No one wants to be told they have cancer. It is frightening. But once you have the diagnosis, and then the facts, you understand it isn’t a death sentence. It really, really isn’t. It can be treated successfully, especially with an early diagnosis. And if anything comes from posting about Ian's experience and it prompts any of my forum friends to visit their doctor if they have any concerns then fantastic!! For loads of good old information visit the Prostate Cancer UK website.