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Prostate Cancer

High PSA Level Causes

11/05/2007

Question:

I am writing to inquire if there are other causes for high PSA level, other than cancer. Say bladder infection, ecoli etc. My husband is scheduled for a biopsy of his prostate, some people state that this is not necessary. His prostate is normal, however, his PSA levels are high and he had two screenings. Please advise.

Answer:

Most elevated PSA's are not due to prostate cancer. PSA can be elevated in patients with the following conditions:

However, men with a ten year life expectancy who have an elevated PSA should have a prostate biopsy as about one third will have a potentially curable prostate cancer. Nowadays, almost 75% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer are diagnosed because their PSA is elevated. 

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Response by:

R Bruce  Bracken, MD R Bruce Bracken, MD
Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati