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Old 02-23-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
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Re: Should I be Worried About My Dad

Maybe some concern, not worry. A rising PSA is not evidence of prostate cancer- it can be an infection. Also, the PSA test can show elevated results if there had been recent sexual activity or a digital rectal exam prior to their taking blood for the test. In any event, it's not a bad thing to have been referred to a urologist. The normal course of action, unless the DRE shows signs of hardness in the prostate, could be to wait 3 months and get another PSA test. If still elevated, a biopsy might be the next step, but you don't need to get too far ahead right now.
The good news, if he does turn out to have prostate cancer, it has been caught early and there are many successful treatment alternatives.