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Old 04-06-2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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Prepping for a biospy - Reducing certain activities?

Hey folks,

Due to an increasing PSA level, I am scheduled for a ultrasound / biopsy next week. My current PSA is at 4.5 (17% free), up from 3.5 almost four years ago. I am 49 years old.

I've been to many corners of the internet of what that biopsy entails so I think I'm prepared for that. My question is my PSA level.

Should I expect the urologist to do a blood test prior to the biopsy? I ask because I know there are a lot of things that can affect the PSA level.

I ride a motorcycle daily and my exercise regime is primarily cardio with treadmill, stationary cycle, and a rowing machine for an hour a day 5 to 6 days a week.

How much do these activities affect your PSA level and by how much? Are we talking half of a point, a whole point, ?? Should my current PSA levels be the least of my concerns at this point?
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:12 PM   #2
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Re: Prepping for a biospy - Reducing certain activities?

Both PSAs of 3.5 and 4.5 are high and you should check for the reason. The increase (1.0) in four year is small. I wonder why you did not address the matter four years ago and had a biopsy.
Many things can affect a high PSA, sometimes doubling its numbers. Any activity that could place strength in the prostate a day before drawing blood would cause a spike in the PSA. Riding motorcycle or cycling would do. Even sex the night before or passing hard stool could cause a substantial increase.
An infection could also be present, causing an increase in the size of prostate due to inflammation, and that too is related to high PSA.

I would recommend you to have the PSA tested before the biopsy if the last test (4.5) were done three months ago.

A biopsy is a simple out-patient method of testing that will rule out the presence of cancer and give you peace of mind. Do not let time pass without checking the problem.
I hope your case is not cancer but many guys in this board including myself have been caught at the young age of forties. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on my 50 years old, eleven years ago, but now I believe that cancer existed since my 46. Remember that prostate cancer caught earlier have many chances of cure.

Hope you get that answer for the good side.

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