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?