PSA Prostate Cancer Test

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by prostate cells. The PSA blood test is a prostate cancer test that helps your physician diagnose and follow prostate cancer in men.

Most of the time, prostate cancer does not initially cause symptoms. By the time prostate symptoms do occur, the disease may have spread beyond the prostate.

This test is part of Cardio-Med's complete physical exam.

Prostate cancer symptoms may include the following:

Why the Test is Performed

Reasons for a PSA prostate cancer test:

Measuring the PSA level can increase the chance of finding prostate cancer when the cancer is in its early stages.

Before having the test, talk to your physician about the pros and cons of having a PSA test. Ask about:

If you choose to be tested, the prostate cancer test is most often done every year to screen men:

Normal Results

The PSA test result cannot diagnose prostate cancer. Only a prostate biopsy can diagnose this cancer.

Your physician will look at your prostate cancer test results and consider your age, ethnicity, medicines you are taking, and other things to decide whether your PSA is normal and whether you need more tests.

A normal PSA level is considered to be 4.0 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter of blood).

What Abnormal Results Mean

A high PSA level has been linked to an increased chance of having prostate cancer.

The prostate cancer test is an important tool for detecting prostate cancer, but it is not foolproof. Other conditions can cause a rise in PSA, including:

Your physician will consider the following things when deciding on the next step:

Men at high risk may need to have more tests. These may include:

If you have been treated for prostate cancer, the PSA level can show if treatment is working or if the cancer has come back. Often, PSA level rises before there are any symptoms. This may happen months or years beforehand.

We also offer a body scan that provides ultrasound imaging of body organs and a test for stroke to check carotid artery blood flow to the brain. This suite of tests including the physical exam gives your physician a complete view of your state of health.


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Adapted from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

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