PSA Increase Rate is not a helpful diagnostic for prostate cancer
Initial studies showed that the annual increase rate of PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) was an additional important indicator of the risk of a developing prostate cancer. However, a new study in the Jornal of the National Cancer Institute (2011) shows that the rate provides essentially no additional or better information compared to evaluations based on a rectal exam, race and age. If you have a high PSA, you should work with your physician to plan your treatment appropriately, wthout having to worry about the increase rate. See the detailed writeup for more information.
Last Modification - May 1, 2011