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Continued annual prostate biopsies may not be necessary

Continued annual prostate biopsies may not be necessary

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have an elevated PSA and have had several biopsies that have not shown cancer. Do I need to continue with biopsies every year?

ANSWER: It may not be necessary for you to continue with annual prostate biopsies. But that depends in part on the overall level and rate of change of your prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, over time. Along with information about your PSA, your health care provider can use several other tools to determine if you need additional biopsies or if you can be safely monitored without further biopsies.

The PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in your blood. PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and...

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