Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
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A prostate biopsy is used to detect prostate cancer. Your doctor may recommend a prostate biopsy if:
- Results of a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test are higher than normal for your age
- Your doctor found lumps or other abnormalities during a digital rectal exam
- You've had a previous biopsy that was normal, but you still have elevated PSA levels
- A previous biopsy revealed prostate tissue cells that were abnormal but not cancerous
How is prostate cancer diagnosed? American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/ProstateCancer/DetailedGuide/prostate-cancer-diagnosis. Accessed Feb. 21, 2013.
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- How to read your pathology report. MyBiopsy.org. http://www.cap.org/apps/docs/reference/myBiopsy/pathology_report.html. Accessed Feb. 21, 2013.
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