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PSA Test

I had Raadical Prostate surgery in Nivember of 04.  My PSA since then have ranged from .01 to .06 six month ago.  I have mine done every 6 months still and yesterday my psa had jumped to .12.  Is there serious concern related to this spike.
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The absolute value of serum PSA that indicates residual or recurrent cancer is variably defined . Some series use any detectable level, others a single value greater than 0.4 or 0.5 ng/mL, and still others require two consecutive values ≥0.2 ng/mL . An analysis of more than 3000 men undergoing radical prostatectomy at a single institution recommended that biochemical recurrence be defined as a serum PSA value of at least 0.4 ng/mL, followed by another increase. Your PSA does not fall into these categories, but since it is rising you may want to talk to your urologist about getting the PSA level checked more frequently (such as every 3 months).  
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