“Unfortunately some doctors may be unaware that cycling can spuriously raise a man`s PSA levels and so refer their patient for further and unnecessary treatment. All because their cycling produced a false positive,” said Consultant urologist Chris Eden.
“Cycling does raise PSA levels but only temporarily. So the way to distinguish whether cycling has caused a rise in levels is to refrain from getting on a bike for 48 hours and then having a second PSA test. The levels will have dropped if cycling was responsible for the rise.”
If you are a regular cyclist, you should inform your doctor, especially if he sees an increase in your PSA level. This could avert an unnecessary and possibly painful biopsy.
PSA is present in small quantities in the serum of men with healthy prostates, but is often elevated in the presence of prostate cancer and in other prostate disorders. hile frequently used for prostate cancer screening, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) does not recommend its use in healthy men. Prostate test screening is controversial and may lead to unnecessary, even harmful, consequences in some patients. More: Prostate testing’s dark side: Men who were harmed