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What is PSA?


Blood is typically drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood.

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Also known as prostate specific antigen, prostate-specific antigen, prostate cancer screening test, prostatecancer screening test
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prostate specific antigen

To screen asymptomatic and symptomatic men for prostate cancer, to help determine the necessity for a biopsy of the prostate, to monitor the effectiveness of treatment for prostate cancer, and to detect recurrence of prostate cancer, there is currently no consensus about using PSA tests to screen for prostate cancer.

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PSA

PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen. It is a protein found in prostate cells. It can be detected at a low level in the blood of all adult men. This article discusses the blood test to measure the amount of PSA in a man's blood.

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PSA test

The PSA test is used primarily to screen for prostate cancer before symptoms appear. A PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. PSA is a protein produced in the prostate, a small gland about the size and shape of a walnut that sits below a man's bladder. Small amounts of PSA ordinarily circulate in the blood.

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Urinary PSA test

Routinely screening all men to check their PSA levels is a controversial subject in the international medical community.

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Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test - National Cancer Institute

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Prostate-specific antigen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland. PSA is present in small quantities in the serum of men with ...

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Public Service Announcements (PSA) Campaigns | Flu.gov

Jul 9, 2009 ... Page provides access to flu public service announcements.

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PSA Levels: PSA Blood Tests and Prostate Cancer Screening

Information about the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test that is used to help detect prostate cancer or other prostate abnormalities.

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Contents

Considerations
Discuss the benefits and risks of testing with your doctor to determine whether screening is right for you.

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How the Test Will Feel
When the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain while others feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing or a bruise.

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How to Prepare for the Test
No special preparation is usually needed.

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Indications
This test is done to screen for prostate cancer. It is also used to monitor patients after prostate cancer treatment.

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Normal Results
Normal values vary with age. Older men typically have slightly higher PSA measurements than younger men. Men with a larger prostate will also have higher PSA values.

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Risks
Veins and arteries vary in size from one patient to another and from one side of the body to the other. Obtaining a blood sample from some people may be more difficult than from others.

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What Abnormal Results Mean
A high PSA level has been linked to an increased chance of having prostate cancer. However, a high PSA level does not mean that you definitely have prostate cancer. A high PSA level only identifies patients at higher risk of having prostate cancer. People at higher risk may need to have more tests.

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