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How to make your prostate biopsy go better-before, during, and after

Before a prostate biopsy, discuss all the
steps you or your doctor can take to make
the experience as comfortable, safe, and
informative as possible.

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Here is what men need to know to minimize discomfort and get the best results.

Many men choose to have prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests to check for hidden prostate cancer, despite the uncertain benefits. Having an abnormal PSA test result often leads to a prostate biopsy—the only way to confirm the presence of cancer. Biopsies are invasive, but they have become routine.

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