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Q: If a 65 yr old has a level of 3.8 PSA and goes to a 6.7 PSA

This PSA level increased to this level within 2 months. Is there any other reason besides cancer that could cause this elevation.

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Jay Motola, Health Pro
5/ 1/11 8:21pm

The rise of the PSA that you are experiencing is a signifcant rise, however, it is very possible that this does not represent cnacer. Inflammatory changes or BPH may be more likely causes. A Urologist can easily help determine figure ths out for you.

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Dan, Editor
6/ 4/09 10:28am

Hi,

 

Thank you for the question.  Dr. Motola recently wrote on this topic: What causes an elevated PSA other than prostate cancer?

 

In it, he writes that "The most significant cause of an elevated PSA is prostate cancer. However, any condition that causes changes within the prostate can result in PSA elevations. Some of these include pre-cancerous changes of the prostate (Prostatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia), prostate infections, inflammatory conditions of the prostate, prostatic stones and enlargement of the prostate (BPH)."

 

You may also find some helpful information on the accuracy and PSA testing and what to do in follow up appointments in our PSA Testing Section.

 

-Dan

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By scmale, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/01/11, First Published: 06/03/09