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Understanding PSA – I_E

Posted By Harvard Prostate Knowledge On March 30, 2009 @ 11:01 am In Prostate Knowledge,Screening | Comments Disabled

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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