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Palm Beach County urologist seeing false PSA levels in men due to COVID vaccines

WPEC West Palm Beach logo WPEC West Palm Beach 6/8/2021 Lena Salzbank

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, diagnosed with 243,000 estimated cases for 2021.

For men heading into the doctor's office for their annual exams, Dr. Diego Rubinowicz, a urologist in Palm Beach County, says you may get a false PSA reading.

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The blood level of PSA in men is often elevated when diagnosed with prostate cancer, but Rubinowics says research is showing if you recently got your COVID-19 vaccine, PSA levels could be temporarily elevated.

Dr. Rubinowicz recommends delaying your PSA test a few weeks after your most recent COVID-19 vaccination and/or going for a second PSA test if you and your physician are concerned about a false elevation.

The month of June is men’s health month, and doctors across the country urge patients to stay on top of their annual exams.

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