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Old 10-19-2010, 03:00 PM   #1
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is a psa level of12.7 mean that a man may have cancer

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Old 10-20-2010, 12:18 AM   #2
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Re: psa level

Not necessarily. BPH, prostatitis and pre-cancerous lesions also cause PSA to rise. He ought to get checked out quickly, though.

Old 10-20-2010, 08:38 AM   #3
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Re: psa level

Originally Posted by janice56 View Post
is a psa level of12.7 mean that a man may have cancer
Janice, welcome to this site. There is one and only one way to tell if someone has prostate cancer, and that is by having a prostate biopsy.

PSA screening tests are not very "specific" for prostate cancer (PC); that is, the PSA test result might be elevated because of PC or it could be elevated because of other causes (also given by Tall Allen). This is a drawback of the currently available PSA test...but it's the best first-level screening test that we have today.

An elevated PSA result should be a "red flag" that someting is wrong which needs to be looked into. A prostate infection (prostatitis, which elevates PSA) can be dangerous and needs looking into & treatment. BPH (which elevates PSA) needs looking into & treatment. PC can be dangerous and needs looking into.

A urologist should examine the case circumstances to weed-out possible non-cancerous causes before proceeding to a biopsy. A course of anti-biotics is commonly given to eliminate possible infection, for example.

hope this helps...

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