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Prostate Test (PSA)

The PSA test is a blood test used to screen for prostate cancer. The test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland that sits below a man’s bladder.

    Elevated PSA Levels may indicate:
  • Prostate Cancer
  • A noncancerous condition such as prostatitis
  • An enlarged prostate

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  • A frequent need to urinate, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting or stopping a stream of urine
  • Leaking of urine when laughing or coughing
  • Inability to urinate standing up
  • Painful or burning sensation during urination or ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Loss of weight and appetite, fatigue, nausea, or vomiting

Most men with Prostate Cancer are without symptoms, so screening is very important. The American Cancer Society recommends that men should get a PSA test at:

  • Age 50 for men who are at average risk of prostate cancer and are expected to live at least 10 more years.
  • Age 45 for men at high risk of developing prostate cancer. This includes African Americans and men who have a first-degree relative (father, brother, or son) diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early age (younger than age 65).
  • Age 40 for men at even higher risk (those with more than one first-degree relative who had prostate cancer at an early age).
A sample of your blood will be drawn and sent to a laboratory for further examination.
Fact: According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. Although a serious disease, most men who are diagnosed at some point (more than 3.1 million men in the United States) are still alive today. Source - American Cancer Society

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.

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Prostate Test (PSA)

*This is for educational purposes only. LabFinder does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider in person for any health concerns.