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Dating after radical prostatectomy

(Stage III cancers have begun to break out of the prostate; stage IV cancers have invaded nearby tissue and bone.) That has resulted in a steadily declining death rate of 4 percent a year since 1994.

Then he stuck his finger up my ass and pushed on my prostate like it was a doorbell on Halloween night. I put it off repeatedly until the night, months later, when I met the person I later called, only half jokingly, the Angel on the Train.But the PSA test is so exquisitely fine-tuned that it picks up leaking PSA at the very lowest levels, measuring it in nanograms per milliliter of blood.That's right: nanogram, as in one-billionth of a gram.That was definitively shown by a 2004 study of 2,950 men who were followed for 7 years as part of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial.These men never had a PSA level above 4, or an abnormal digital rectal exam, for the entire length of the study.That's what those running-to-the-men's-room commercials for Flomax are all about.

But some of the very same symptoms can also be caused by a prostate-cancer tumor.

I'm knocked out on an operating table and a robot is removing my prostate gland. Then the semen assembly line kicks in: The sperm swim up from your testicles to the seminal vesicles, and there they are mixed in a happy bath of fructose, vitamin C, and prostaglandins.

In April I learned I had stage II prostate cancer, and after questioning experts and survivors, I've decided surgery is the way to go. This brew then proceeds to your prostate, which tops it off with enzymes, citric acid, and zinc before your man milk is propelled out of your body and into hers with rather pleasant smooth-muscle contractions.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men; only some skin cancers are more rampant.

In 2009, it caused an estimated 27,360 deaths — long, slow, embattled deaths, as the cancer spread beyond men's prostates to nearby bones, notably their spines.

Here's the good news about prostate cancer: Deaths are down because it is being diagnosed much earlier.