Prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN)

Published: November, 2007

Editor in Chief Marc B. Garnick, M.D., discusses what this "precancerous" condition entails and what your medical options are

In any given year, as many as 16% of men who undergo prostate biopsies will learn they have PIN, short for prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia. The simplest way to describe PIN is as a precancerous condition "" but as is often the case in prostate disease, the situation is actually much more complex. First, only one type of PIN increases the risk of developing prostate cancer. And recent research indicates that the additional risk may not be as significant as originally thought.

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