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This page contains information about the symptoms and diagnosis of prostate cancer.
Most prostate cancers are found when they are early, many are slow growing, and symptoms may not happen for many years if they happen at all. Remember that men with early prostate cancer are unlikely to have any symptoms.
A raised PSA can only indicate that a man may have a problem with his prostate gland that needs further investigation. Two out of three men with a raised PSA who do proceed to prosate biopsy do not have prostate cancer , and some men with prostate cancer do not have a raised PSA level.
Further tests for prostate cancer for many men are often done at Rapid Access Prostate Clinics, which are special clinics set up to reduce waiting times for prostate cancer testing.
It is important to contact your GP or attend your local A & E department if you experience the following symptoms after a prostate biopsy, even if you are still taking the antibiotics:
A high temperature
Burning sensation when passing urine
Difficulty passing urine
It is also very useful to write down any questions or anxieties you might have for the doctor before your visit and to bring these questions with you.