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psa of 15

Posted 07 Feb 2019 at 13:31

Told today i have result of 15 will get phone call within week for consultation, needless to say shocked, sadly runs in the family with dad and 4brothers all having it. how stressed should i be? please 

Posted 07 Feb 2019 at 14:56
The sensible thing to say, Ray, is that there's no point in getting stressed. An elevated PSA is grounds for investigation, nothing more, although your family history does significantly increase the probability of you developing prostate cancer. If you do turn out to have prostate cancer, then you probably already know from your own family history that localised prostate cancer is not a death sentence, but an eminently treatable condition.

Next steps will be a urology appointment almost certainly followed by an MRI scan and biopsy. It's now just a waiting game. Unfortunately it'll be at least a month before you know the outcome, so try (and I know that's more easily said than done) to simply wait for the test results rather than dwelling on worst-case scenarios.

All the best,


Posted 07 Feb 2019 at 19:19

Hi Ray,

Has your GP felt your prostate?  A psa result by itself is uncertain although your family history gives a clue.  If it has been felt a phone call for a scan is likely.  Even if it is positive 15 isn't that high but I wouldn't delay any appointments.

You can get a simple probability using psa from here:



Posted 08 Feb 2019 at 14:38
thanks for the advice, accept that not always life threating just that took blood tuesday, call for urgent appointmeny nxt day and told will see specialist within 7 days! am staying positive, once again thanks for advice,
Posted 08 Feb 2019 at 16:03

Hi Ray, 

More and more hospitals are starting to fast track patients with high PSA levels. My husband had a relatively low PSA but because of where we live, he had an MRI followed by biopsies and the results of those biopsies very quickly. Just be pleased you are being fast tracked... I should think everyone in your area is.

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