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Prostate concerns

Prostate concerns

Dear Karen

I AM 52 years old and I had a recent check-up and my PSA was raised at 4.6. Is this serious?

KAREN SAYS:

PSA (prostate specific antigen) in conjunction with a digital rectal exam is the current screening test to check for prostate cancer.

Your blood result is borderline high. You need to get a digital rectal exam to assess the prostate gland. It is also important to know if you have any symptoms of an enlarged prostate gland: 

l Getting up a couple of times at night to pass urine.

l Poorstream.

l Hesitancy.

l Dribbling after passing urine.

l Frequency.

It is important to remember that a raised PSA does not always mean prostate cancer.

Old age, urinary retention and recent intercourse are some of the more benign causes of a raised PSA.

I suspect that your GP will simply repeat this blood test in a couple of months and recheck the PSA level.