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Is increase in prostate weight and PSA level sign of cancer?

My grandfater's age is 79 years and he has been having problem relating to urination froma long time. Recently some test has been done and his prostate is found to be 140gm. Also his PSA was 16.....I just wanted to know if this was a symptom of Prostate Cancer or this is just BPH
Tue, 2 Jun 2015
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Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Both the conditions, prostate cancer and BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) give rise to increase in prostate volume and high PSA (prostate specific antigen).
To differentiate between these two conditions, detailed ultrasound report and biopsy is needed.
If ultrasound is suggestive of calcification, homogenous prostate than BPH is more likely.
But if ultrasound is showing absence of calcification, heterogeneity, invasion of capsule etc then possibility of cancer is more.
Biopsy is confirmatory in such cases.
So consult doctor and discuss all these to differentiate between cancer and BPH.
Hope I have solved your query.
Wishing good health to your grand father.
Thanks.
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