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
Prostate Test (PSA)
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When to test

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 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

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.

Procedure

A sample of your blood will be drawn and sent to a laboratory for further examination.

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* 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.