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In 2007, my PSA level was at 3. It has gone up to 5.7 now in 2009. I have a family history of prostrate cancer(Various forms of cancer run in my family on both sides). Can you tell me what this would suggest and mean? I am to schedule an appointment to see a urologist soon. My primary doctor seemed to be really concerned about this jump in 2 years and mentioned "if they find prostrate cancer" several times.
Could she be trying to prepare me in the event that they would find it? Or should I even be concerned about the possibility at all? I am also 58 y/o and will be 59 y/o in October of this year.
How are you? PSA is a prostrate specific antigen, which is secreted normally and a level below 4.0ng/ml is considered normal level. The level of PSA can rise in case of prostatitis, recent ejaculation, digital rectal examination of the prostrate, BPH and instrumentation of the prostrate.
To come to a conclusion on diagnosis of cancer PSA index, trans rectal ultrasound, DRE of the prostrate, x-rays and cystoscopy are required. Consult a urologist for further assistance.
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