Should men get the biopsy for prostate cancer that requires general anesthesia?

Probably not – at least not as a first step in cancer diagnosis.

In a typical office biopsy, a man is given local anesthesia and the doctor uses needles, inserted through the rectum, to take 12 samples of prostate tissue. Because the needles may miss some areas, the test may falsely say a man does not have cancer when he does.