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What is the next step if your doctor thinks you have prostate cancer based on your prostate-specific antigen results?

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If your doctor is concerned that you might have prostate cancer based on either a prostate-specific antigen level or a rectal exam, a biopsy (a lab testing of a small amount of tissue from the prostate) will be the next step. This is the only way to positively identify the presence of cancer.

SOURCES: 

New England Journal Of Medicine.

American Urological Association. 

National Cancer Institute. 

American Cancer Society. 

News release, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

SOURCES: 

New England Journal Of Medicine.

American Urological Association. 

National Cancer Institute. 

American Cancer Society. 

News release, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 4, 2019

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