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What percentage of the time do they find cancer from a prostate biopsy? What percentage of the time do they find something else?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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In brief: It depends

If you're going in for a blind biopsy series because of a minimally elevated psa, maybe one chance in 4.
If you have a palpable nodule suspicious for cancer clinically, much higher. Here's a good resource that shares my skepticism about the value of screening -- http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/psa.

In brief: It depends

If you're going in for a blind biopsy series because of a minimally elevated psa, maybe one chance in 4.
If you have a palpable nodule suspicious for cancer clinically, much higher. Here's a good resource that shares my skepticism about the value of screening -- http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/psa.
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