Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Your PSA level is moderately elevated. About one in three men with a moderately elevated PSA level will be found to have early stage prostate cancer if a biopsy is performed. Early stage prostate cancer rarely causes symptoms, and your prostate may feel totally normal when examined by your doctor (digital rectal exam). One piece of good news is that early stage prostate cancer can often be cured.
The other piece of good news is that most men with a moderately elevated PSA level don't have prostate cancer. Instead, their PSA level has risen for another reason, such as
benign growth of the prostate gland (also known as BPH or benign prostate hypertrophy)
a prostate infection or urinary tract infection
damage to the prostate caused by a surgery or trauma.
Therefore, if your PSA level is between 6.5 and ten , the first thing to find out is whether you may have had any of the following within the past two months:
a prostate or bladder infection
urinary symptoms such as burning with urination, dribbling, hesitancy, or pain in the groin
prostate or bladder surgery
a bladder catheter used to drain urine while you are in the hospital or during minor surgery
trauma to the groin, for example, a major car or industrial accident.
Have you experienced any of these conditions?
- Abdomen and Pelvis
- See also
- Acid Reflux Treatment
- Blood in the Urine in Men
- Causes of Impotence
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Constipation in Adults
- Difficulty Passing Urine
- Intestinal Gas Guide
- Loss of Control of Urine in Men
- Lumps or Pain Within the Scrotum
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Painful or Frequent Urination in Men
- Penis Pain, Sores, Discharge or Lumps
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Pain or Itching
- Recurring Abdominal Pain
- Sexual Problems in Men
- Treatment of Impotence
- Understanding New and Severe Abdominal Pain
- Understanding PSA
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