I have an elevated PSA level. What should I do?

Learning you have an elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level can be a bit overwhelming. But it’s important to take a deep breath, relax and realize one elevated PSA test result does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. Take a minute to arm yourself with the information you need to understand your results and get your questions answered.

Did you know:

  • An elevated PSA level could be caused by a variety of factors, from lab error to an infection of the prostate to prostate cancer.
  • A PSA blood test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in your blood stream.
  • It’s normal for some PSA to be found in the bloodstream.
  • Traditional prostate biopsies are “blind,” that is, 12 random samples are taken from the prostate to check for cancerous cells.
  • UC Health is the only health system in the region to offer patients MRI-ultrasound fusion technology to provide more accurate prostate biopsies.
  • Men sometimes have a negative biopsy when prostate cancer is, in fact, present.

Dr. Verma describes how MRI-ultrasound fusion technology is changing the game in prostate detection.

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