What is PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen)?
PSA stands for Prostate-Specific Antigen. It's a protein that's made by the prostate, a small gland that produces semen in men. PSA helps keep the semen in a liquid state, which helps sperm move.
Why is it measured?
Measuring and analyzing PSA levels can lead to a variety of helpful checks, such as:
Prostate Health: A PSA test is often used to check for problems with the prostate. Measuring PSA levels is critical to understanding inflammation and other diseases in the prostate, including cancer.
Checking Cancer Treatment: If you've been treated for prostate cancer, your doctor might use the PSA test to see if the treatment is working or if the cancer has come back.
How can I better understand my results?
- Slightly Elevated levels may indicate some infection or inflammation.
- Higher levels may indicate a chance of prostate cancer. Significantly more testing is needed to confirm anything.
- Lower levels are seen as normal.
Where can I learn more?
DISCLAIMER: IF YOU ARE CONCERNED WITH ANY OF YOUR RESULTS, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PROVIDER