A prostate biopsy is used to detect prostate cancer. Your doctor may recommend a prostate biopsy if:

  • Results of a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test are higher than normal for your age
  • Your doctor found lumps or other abnormalities during a digital rectal exam
  • You've had a previous biopsy that was normal, but you still have elevated PSA levels
  • A previous biopsy revealed prostate tissue cells that were abnormal but not cancerous
Apr. 26, 2013