PSA test? Thanks, but I’m too busy just now

I’ll have it another time.

So far, writes Dalrymple,

I have managed successfully to resist all attempts by my medical colleagues to measure my prostate specific antigen.

He desires

to have as little to do with doctors as possible, other than socially of course, and there is nothing quite like a high PSA level to provoke doctors’ interference in a man’s life.

It might be, he says, that

avoidance of a diagnosis of prostate cancer brings with it immense benefits from the point of view of quality of life: for if you are diagnosed with a cancer, however benign it is supposed to be, your anxiety is likely to be raised and you will be subjected to medical procedures that may be unpleasant or hazardous.

One paper estimates that

the sepsis or infection rate after biopsy of the prostate is 2-4 percent, so that if you have several such biopsies the cumulative chances of such sepsis must be high, at least if each biopsy is an independent variable for sepsis.

Dalrymple wants

desperately to have to do nothing for the sake of my health. I’ll wait for my symptoms to develop, then we’ll see.

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