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Prostate and Your PSA Count: 4 Facts About Prostate-Specific Antigen Test

By    |   Thursday, 18 Feb 2016 03:02 PM

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is a common measure of prostate health. A high PSA count can be cause for concern.

Here are some facts about the PSA test you should know.

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1. The National Cancer Institute explains that prostate-specific antigen is a protein produced by the prostate gland. The PSA test is a blood test to measure the amount of the protein, and its results are reported as nanograms of PSA per milliliter of blood. Men with prostate cancer often have elevated levels of PSA in the blood.

2. There has not been agreement on what constitutes a “normal” amount of PSA, and small amounts of it can be found in the blood of men without prostate cancer, says the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation in Rotterdam. The risk of having prostate cancer increases with higher PSA counts. A PSA count of more than 3 or 4 ng/ml may prompt your physician to order a prostate biopsy.

3. Because most studies to try to determine normal PSA counts have been conducted using white men, there is even less consensus about normal counts for men of different races or ethnicities, says the National Cancer Institute. These men may want to discuss PSA counts in the context of other screening tests with their physicians.

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4. An elevated PSA count doesn’t necessarily mean prostate cancer. Everyday Health says there are a number of factors that can lead to high PSA counts. For instance, viral infection of the prostate gland, enlarged prostate gland, urinary tract infection, and traumatic medical procedures can all contribute to higher-than-normal PSA counts. PSA counts tend to rise naturally as men age. Recent ejaculation or heavy cycling can also skew PSA counts.

The PSA test has long been used as part of the screening protocol for prostate cancer. While a low PSA count can be very reassuring, says the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation, a high count in the absence of prostate cancer symptoms or risk factors can be misleading. Your physician may also recommend using it in combination with other tests like the digital-rectal exam (DRE) to increase diagnostic confidence.

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