Loading the player...PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer Detection Family Physician, discusses PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer Detection
Featuring Dr. Peter House, MD
Duration: 57 seconds
A PSA test is a blood test to measure disease of the prostate gland.
What a PSA blood test is measuring is three possible conditions within the prostate gland. One is the risk of a microscopic cancer that may be hiding in the gland and not detectable by physical examination, two, acute inflammation or infection of the prostate gland, with or without prostate cancer in the gland.
And, the most common reason that PSA levels are elevated is benign - meaning innocent enlargement of the gland due to age.
The PSA test should be started on males aged 45 to 50 and should be done on an annual basis so that the rate of change can be carefully evaluated. So, if you're a man 45 years of age or older, talk to your physician about getting a PSA test, an essential component of prostate health.
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