Understanding PSA – I_E

Charlie Schmidt

Editor, Harvard Medical School Annual Report on Prostate Diseases

Understanding PSA

Your PSA level is moderately elevated. More than half of men whose PSA level is ten or above will be found to have prostate cancer if a biopsy is performed.

However, not all men with an elevated PSA level have prostate cancer. Instead, the PSA level can rise for another reason, such as

  • benign growth of the prostate gland (also known as BPH or benign prostate hypertrophy)
  • a prostate infection or urinary tract infection
  • damage to the prostate caused by a surgery or trauma.

Therefore, if your PSA level is above ten , the first thing to find out is whether you may have had any of the following within the past two months:

  • a prostate or bladder infection
  • urinary symptoms such as burning with urination, dribbling, hesitancy, or pain in the groin
  • prostate or bladder surgery
  • a bladder catheter used to drain urine while you are in the hospital or during minor surgery
  • trauma to the groin, for example, a major car or industrial accident.

Have you experienced any of these conditions?

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