This profile evaluates the level of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. A high level could indicate an increased risk for prostate cancer.
Many doctors encourage yearly PSA screening for men beginning at age 50. Men who have a higher risk for prostate cancer, including African American men and men whose father or brother had prostate cancer, are recommended to begin earlier screening at age 40 or 45.
A high level of PSA in the blood may indicate an increased risk for prostate cancer. However, other conditions can cause a man’s PSA level to rise, including prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) and benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, which is an enlargement of the prostate. If your PSA level comes back high, you should contact a health care provider.
Prostate specific antigen, Total, Screen
There is no preparation needed for this test.
For more information on this test, go to labtestsonline.org.