Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
BLOOD TESTS (SCREENS) FOR YOUR PSA LEVEL ARE NECESSARY FOR THIS REASON:
Prostate Cancer is a leading cause of death in men over the age of 50. The PSA (PSA, prostate specific antigen) test, in conjunction with a clinical examination enhances detection of this condition at an early more curable stage
PSA level helps determine whether the probability of cancer is high enough to warrant performing a biopsy of the prostate gland. Early detection is the key to successful treatment.
PSA LEVEL BLOOD TESTING IS BEST FOR:
(1) Men aged 50 and older
(2) Men over age 40 who either:
Have a family history of the disease
Eat a high fat diet
Consume larger amounts of alcohol
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer to help monitor the effectiveness of treatment
BLOOD TEST FOR YOUR PSA LEVEL HOW OFTEN?
Prostate cancer screening annually is recommended by the American Cancer Society
TESTING FOR YOUR PSA / PROSTATE-SPECIFIC ANTIGEN LEVEL INCLUDES:
Radio-immunoassay for a specific chemical normally found in the prostate gland, but elevated in the presence of prostate cancer.
PSA LEVEL BLOOD TESTING WILL TELL YOU:
This test measures the level of prostate specific antigen, or PSA, in your blood. PSA is a substance produced only by the prostate gland and is normally secreted in only small amounts. Its measurement is done exclusively to help detect prostate cancer.
Measuring the PSA level helps determine whether the probability of cancer is high enough to warrant performing a biopsy of the prostate gland. A PSA test is generally considered to be in the normal range when it is reported to be between 0 and 4 nanograms per milliliter
PSA testing has dramatically increased the early diagnosis of men with prostate cancer
IMPORTANT NOTE: When this blood test is combined with a rectal examination, 90% of prostate cancers can be detected.
Blood tests that indicate abnormalities in your blood system- i.e., you are “out of normal range” – can alert you to take action. That action might be a visit to a physician or simply a different diet and exercise. In any case, “knowing” if something is wrong with you – and what is wrong – are the first steps to correction of a poor health condition. A blood test can “keep you in the know” about your personal health!
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