What Does Atypical Small Acinar Proliferation (ASAP) Mean?

Dr. Otis Brawley answers the question: 'Atypical Small Acinar Proliferation?'

March 16, 2009 -- Question: What does atypical small acinar proliferation (ASAP) mean?

Answer: Atypical small acinar proliferation is again another pathologic finding. It is something that's seen in the prostate that may actually increase a man's risk of ultimately developing prostate cancer.

It in itself is not prostate cancer, and indeed there is some debate among medical professionals as to whether atypical acinar proliferation actually does cause men to be at higher risk for developing prostate cancer.