Understanding PSA – I_D_2_b_2

Nancy Ferrari

Senior editor, Harvard Health

Understanding PSA

Knowing your previous PSA levels is helpful, but not necessary. Nonetheless, your PSA level is mildly elevated. Follow-up is needed. Keep in mind that your risk of prostate cancer is still less than 40 percent.

Your options include

  • referral to a urologist (prostate specialist)
  • repeat PSA testing in several months
  • measuring your “free” PSA level — This special way of testing your PSA level may help to decide if a biopsy is needed. High levels of free PSA are reassuring, while low levels are worrisome for cancer.

Speak to your doctor about which option makes the most sense for you.


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