January 24, 2022
Live Well Club

One Thing I Learnt About Prostate Cancer That Saved My Life

By prostate cancer survivor Greg Smith, QLD

Knowing I have a family history of prostate cancer, checking my PSA levels has always been a priority for me.  I have been visiting my GP once every six months for the past twenty years to keep on top of it. My PSA level was 1 rising to 2.8 which I thought was fine but I soon discovered it wasn’t.

The Stats

Prostate cancer is a disease that travels in families – 1.3 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year globally. The lifetime risk of developing prostate cancer increases five-fold if you have two close male relatives who have been diagnosed while men are more likely to get prostate cancer if a mother or sister has had breast or ovarian cancer.

Greg’s Story

Things started to turn when I turned 58. It was the same age that my father was when he was diagnosed with cancer. I didn’t realise a family history of prostate cancer combined with a rising PSA level was a red flag to have further testing. If I hadn’t heard of Maxwell Plus, an online platform dedicated to the early diagnosis of prostate cancer, I wouldn’t be where I am now. It’s using Artificial Intelligence to monitor for prostate cancer in men, and it saved me.

My medical history was looked at by a Maxwell Plus urologists alongside the AI and they recommended I undergo another PSA test. As a result, I was quickly informed I had to get more scans and tests.

I had an MRI which confirmed the presence of something sinister, a biopsy confirmed cancer. I wasn’t shocked when I was told they detected cancer in me, it was a relief more than anything. I was relieved knowing the cancer had been caught.

I then had a prostatectomy, removal of the prostate. I remember the doctor telling me early detection is crucial and if it hadn’t been caught, within a couple of years it would have spread. I would have been looking at a death sentence.

It was nothing but a smooth and holistic approach from here. Dr Peter Swindle, a urologist for more than 20 years and the Chief Medical Officer with Maxwell Plus was my surgeon and he coordinated with my GPs, nurses, physiotherapists to ensure I had a smooth recovery.

I would recommend anyone who has a family history of prostate cancer to watch your PSA levels from the age of 40 or 45 if you have no family history of the disease. I would say to go to someone who specialises in prostate cancer. I’m so glad I did. For more information visit www.maxwellplus.com.

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