Re: "Act? Wait? It Can Be Your Choice" [July 3]: You should consider amending your message so that men are encouraged to seek the best treatment option to assure survival. Your dialogue about the rumored "bad side effects" of prostate cancer treatment seem to emphasize to younger men that their sex life will be over, or they might be incontinent -- the wrong message.
When cancer is detected via biopsy, or indicated with a suddenly elevated PSA reading, this is surely a cause for alarm. Time (as in "watch and wait") is the enemy.
I have known several men in their 60s and early 70s who did not follow the sensible route when they had these types of symptoms, and they are all under the sod today.
As for my own experience with prostate cancer, I found the Internet to be a superb resource. My conclusions through research told me that surgery offered the best survival outcome. So I did that. There were some issues with the recovery, etc., but I am now back to a normal lifestyle, although fathering more children is not possible.