A urologist in Palm Beach County, Florida, suggested vaccines for CCP Virus could cause inaccurate prostate-specific antigen (PSA) reading on patients, giving inaccurate infertility and prostate cancer alerts.
Dr. Rubinowicz first shared this warning in an interview with CBS12, talking about how his healthy patients presented with false PSA results after COVID-19 injection.
“I have seen patients’ PSA to be falsely elevated for at least six weeks after getting the vaccines,” Dr. Rubinowicz explained. “I was seeing patients who were coming in with a history of having a stable PSA and all of a sudden the PSA has risen.”
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the PSA blood test is an effective way of tracking signs of early prostate cancer and infertility in men. The higher the reading, the stronger an indicator of the patient’s condition.
CBS12 took as an example an anonymous patient, who had perfectly normal PSA values but was tested and had significantly unusual results one month after his COVID-19 vaccination, which jumped nine-fold to 3.4 ng/ml from only 0.4 ng/ml.
NIH reviewed that healthy 40-year-old males are expected to have PSA levels under 1 ng/ml and 2 ng/ml for 60-year-olds. Hence, the 3.4 ng/ml result could have given the patient a false alarm of prostate cancer.
Fortunately, Dr. Rubinowicz reassured that the shots only temporarily interfere with PSA results in patients, which drew him to recommend male patients to take their time after the COVID-19 injection before going for a PSA test.
In case of the anonymous patient, his PSA values had reduced to 1.5 ng/ml in subsequent weeks.
Talking of the COVID-19 vaccine’s effect on PSA levels, Dr. Rubinowicz said he was not advising people not to take the injections, but he wanted to raise awareness of the temporary irregularities that will fade after a period of time following the injection.
The outlet also added that similar confusion also happens among women, who would develop swollen lymph nodes as a side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines and worried they were signs of breast cancer.
According to ABC7News, however, experts at UCSF’s Breast Care Center tried to reassure people and said that such symptoms would take 4 to 10 weeks to subside.
“We used to see this with other vaccines too. It’s just that now so many people are getting COVID vaccinations it has kind of been spiking,” said Chief of Breast Imaging at UCSF Dr. Bonnie Joe. “We just want people to know that this is a normal reaction and it’s not necessarily a sign of cancer.”