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Interview 31

He had urinary symptoms. The GP found he had an 'enlarged' prostate, and did a PSA test, which was 'raised'. He was referred to the hospital, where he had a biopsy, which was negative. Symptoms treated with Finasteride and Flomax.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired engineer. Marital status widower. Number of children’ 4. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 69
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 21

    Told his GP he was passing urine frequently during the night. After a digital rectal examination the GP suggested a PSA test, which was raised. The consulted did a biopsy, which showed prostate cancer. This was treated with hormone injections and radiotherapy.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired newsagent. Marital status married. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 71
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 22

    Had repeated urinary infections. He suspected this was due to an enlarged prostate, so asked for a PSA test, but the GP refused until he had an appointment with a consultant. In 2005 PSA was "normal" for his age, 4.5 ng/ml. Symptoms treated with antibiotics and Flomax.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Clinical researcher (health care). Marital status widower. Number of children’ 2. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 67
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 23

    He did not have any urinary symptoms, but in 2001 he asked for a PSA test, which was found to be 5ng/ml. A biopsy was performed and prostate cancer diagnosed. He had a radical prostatectomy. His PSA is now 0.2ng/ml.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired IT executive. Marital status married. Number of children’ 2. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 62
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 24

    Having had testicular problems in the past, and having experienced mild urinary symptoms recently, he was worried that he might be at risk of prostate cancer. In 2004 his GP suggested a PSA test. The result was "normal".

  • Background

    Occupation’ Academic. Marital status married. Number of children’ 2. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 58
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 25

    He has had urinary symptoms (frequency) since 2003. His GP suggested regular PSA tests. In 2005 the PSA result was 6.9ng/ml. His GP reassured him that there was no need for further action. He has not needed treatment for symptoms.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Worked in technical services (retired). Marital status married. Number of children’ 1. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 77
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 26

    When in Canada he had regular health checks, so on return he asked his GP for yearly digital rectal examinations. In 2004 his GP said that a blood test would be a better way of checking for prostate cancer. His PSA test was "normal".

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired, Sales and marketing. Marital status single. Ethnic backround’ White British.

  • Age at interview 61
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 27

    He had mild urinary symptoms. GP suggested a PSA test [4.8ng/mL]. A consultant performed a biopsy, and found some "suspicious cells", so performed another biopsy, which led to side effects. No cancer diagnosed. Symptoms improved with saw palmetto.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Company Director. Marital status married. Number of children’ 2. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 57
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 28

    No urinary symptoms, but felt tired. His GP suggested a PSA test. The PSA was raised, so he was referred to a consultant, who performed a biopsy. Prostate cancer was diagnosed, and treated with 3D conformal radiotherapy in 2005.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Company Director. Marital status separated. Number of children’ 3. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 57
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Interview 29

    In 2004 he had urinary symptoms. PSA 9.5ng/mL. After a biopsy, prostate cancer diagnosed, and it was also found that cancer had spread to the bone of one arm. Hormone treatment with some side-effects, but feels well.

  • Background

    Occupation’ Retired plumber. Marital status married. Ethnic background’ White British.

  • Age at interview 65
  • Sex/Gender Male