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iVillage.com: Fact or Fiction: Do You Believe Any of These Prostate Cancer Myths?

Fiction: Elevated PSA Levels Always Mean Cancer

Absolutely not. “Other prostate conditions can falsely elevate the test,” says Tobias Kohler, M.D., assistant professor of surgery in urology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and AUA spokesperson . “Only about 30 percent of the time does an elevated PSA indicate cancer.” Other conditions that can raise PSA include an enlarged prostate due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (which can affect a guy’s ability to pass urine), prostatitis (an infection or inflammation of the prostate gland), or even injury or recent ejaculation (which can raise PSA temporarily).

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