What is a prostate biopsy?
The prostate gland is found only in males. It sits below the bladder and wraps around the tube that carries urine out of the body (urethra). The prostate helps make semen.
A biopsy is a procedure used to remove a small piece of tissue or cells from the body so it can be looked at under a microscope.
In a prostate biopsy, prostate gland tissue is taken out with a biopsy needle. Or it is taken out during surgery. The tissue is checked to see if there are cancer or other abnormal cells in the prostate gland.
A prostate biopsy may be done in several different ways: