Myth #3 : Blood PSA Levels are the Only Way to Make A Diagnosis

“It is true that high blood prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels usually indicate prostate cancer, but often times, the results are not so reliable. Read more to find more about your other options. Let’s start by talking about what type of tests are available out there. Of coursee, there is the good, old, PSA blood test, then there is the digiital-rectal exam, or DRE.  If eiither  of these tests results come back as positive, the doctor may order a transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)  guided biospy. This test is used to see if the cancer has spread past  the prostate and it is also known as the prostate biopsy.

The prostate biospy is where one removes small samples of the prostate tissue to be looked at under a microscrope. The process is uncomfortable and you will feel pressure and a brief sharp pain but it is only recommeneded to make sure that none of the other results were faulty.

Make sure to keep your options open and stay tuned for the next batch  of prostate myths, exposed.

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