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prostate : do i need p.s.a. test done now that i have b.p.h.?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
Urology 9 years experience
PSA: A baseline psa should be done on patients above the age of 50 and african americans over the age of 40 specially if you have obstructive symptoms.
Dr. James Krick
Urology 36 years experience
BPH: Yes. Your prostate cancer risk doesn't change in any way because of bph. The two disease processes often co-exist
Dr. Simon Kimm
Dr. Simon Kimm commented
Urology 16 years experience
Dr. Krick is absolutely correct. Note that an enlarged prostates produce more PSA than those that are not, so the performance characteristics of PSA testing can be different. In other words, elevated PSA values may not necessarily mean cancer. Speak with your physician about the benefits and downsides to screening for prostate cancer with serum PSA.
Mar 1, 2013

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