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    Prostate biopsy
    An_243999 posted:
    I am 50 yrs old with no family history of prostate troubles. My PSA has been 4 to 5 to 4.16 in past 6 months. I have had 2 exams with no noticable lumps & no symptoms. The doctor wants to do a biopsy & I have been reading all kinds of conflicting opinions. Is the biopsy really necessary? What should my next step be? I have read of possible complications with the biopsy.
    Fairwind responded:
    Pick up a copy of 'Guide to surviving prostate cancer" by Dr. Pat Walsh...

    The "'possible complications" associated with a biopsy are almost nil when you consider the ramifications of prostate cancer left untreated..Early detection and treatment is the key to survival..If you wait until you have symptoms, you are pretty much limited to palliative care..

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