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What are the risks of needle biopsy when prostate cancer is suspected?

Needle biopsy is recommended for about 20 of 100 men screened by digital rectal exam (DRE) and prostate-specific antigen (PSA). About 14 of these will be negative and thus potentially unnecessary. This type of biopsy is quite safe, but is somewhat uncomfortable. It can result in a local infection in 3 to 50 out of every 1,000 biopsies. And there may rarely be a systemic infection (about 6 in every 1,000 biopsies) or significant bleeding (about 1 of every 1,000 biopsies).

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