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Why might I need a prostate biopsy?

An elevated PSA and the size of the prostate are used in conjunction to determine when a biopsy is needed. Watch as Simon Hall, MD, chair of the Urology Department at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, discusses prostate cancer biopsies.

You might need a prostate biopsy if your doctor feels a nodule during a prostate exam, which can be a sign of cancer. Additionally, if your doctor performs a screening blood test for prostate cancer and the results are elevated enough, it might prompt a prostate biopsy.

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