6 News Reporter Don Dare undergoes biopsy after prostate test

6 News Reporter Don Dare undergoes biopsy after prostate test

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"I thought it was important for men to know that this procedure isn't as bad as I had anticipated," Don Dare said. "I thought it was important for men to know that this procedure isn't as bad as I had anticipated," Don Dare said.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Our own 6 on your Side Consumer Investigator Don Dare recently learned his PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) level was elevated.

The PSA blood test doesn't detect cancer, but inflated numbers are indicators that the patient might need a biopsy.

Don's doctor, urologist Eric Nicely, recommended a biopsy to see what's going on in his case. Tiny tissue samples were rectally removed for testing at Urology Consultants Knoxville.

To help more men realize how important it is to have prostate screenings, Don has allowed 6 News to follow him through the biopsy process to find out whether he has prostate cancer or if it's something else.

"I thought it was important for men to know that this procedure isn't as bad as I had anticipated. I thought it was going to be painful. It's not. It's uncomfortable for 10 seconds and that's it," Don said.

Dr. Niceley won't know for five days what the results of the biopsy will reveal. In the meantime, an ultrasound he also conducted prior to the biopsy did show a few areas of concern.

"I didn't see any dark areas, that are suggestive of cancer," he said. "We did see some calcifications in the prostate area which are typically a sign that there's been previous infection."

We'll let you know Don's results as soon as he gets them.

If you're a man over 50, health experts say you should talk to your doctor about scheduling prostate screenings.

If you have a family history or if you're African-American, 40 is typically the recommended age for screenings.

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