Prostate Specific Antigen

Information

What is a PSA?
A Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test is a blood test that measures the amount of Prostate-Specific Antigen that is in the blood, and used to screen for cancer and Prostatitis. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) is a substance produced by the prostate gland.
The PSA Test is part of our Men’s Essential and Men’s Essential Plus Screening Panels.
 

 

Testing

Why should I get tested?

Screening should be considered for men over 50 and for men who have a high risk for prostate cancer, such as those with a family history of prostate cancer, or for African-American males.
Also, if you are having symptoms such as difficulty or pain when urinating, more frequent urination, weak urine flow, blood in the urine, pain or discomfort in the groin, abdomen, or back, or trouble getting or maintaining an erection (Erectile Dysfunction, also known as ED) you might want to consider getting a PSA test. 
Please note that a Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) from your healthcare provider is recommended in conjunction with a PSA to give a more complete picture of prostate health.

How should I prepare for the test?
A PSA Test does not require any special preparation.

 

Results

What could my screening results mean?

Elevated levels of PSA could indicate prostate cancer, enlarged prostate, or Prostatitis. Healthy men have low amounts of PSA in the blood, however the amount of PSA can increases with age due to enlargement of the prostate gland.
If your PSA Test indicates abnormalities, you should consult your healthcare provider for further analysis.