Risk of Cancer after Negative Prostate Biopsy

I’ve written many times about the false negative rate involved with using a biopsy not only to confirm cancer, but to search for it in the first place.  It’s an invasive procedure that can easily miss cancer, resulting in concerns that you may have undetected cancer that can spread in the years following.  Here’s a recent article with some statistics:

https://www.urotoday.com/conference-highlights/aua-2018/aua-2018-prostate-cancer/104293-aua-2018-population-based-outcomes-of-men-with-a-single-negative-prostate-biopsy-importance-of-continued-follow-up-among-older-patients.html

Following a negative initial biopsy, 23.7% of men are still diagnosed with and 1.8% die of prostate cancer within 20 years.

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