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Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced within the prostate gland. PSA is mostly found in semen, but small amounts can also be found in the blood of healthy men. PSA levels depend on age and naturally go up as you age. There are many reasons why PSA levels fluctuate and higher levels may indicate the presence of prostate cancer or other prostate conditions.
Prostate cancer is typically a slow growing cancer that can be present for many years before causing symptoms. Prostate cancer is highly treatable if diagnosed in the early stages and a PSA test can be valuable in aiding early detection.
A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is a simple blood test that measures the amount of PSA protein in your blood. Measuring PSA levels can be an useful tool in diagnosing prostate cancer as well as monitoring the progress of the disease in someone who has already been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
If you are a man over the age of 50, it’s recommended that you speak with your doctor about your risk of developing prostate cancer and whether you should have a PSA test. Your healthcare provider may recommend a PSA test if you:
A PSA test may be ordered by your healthcare provider to:
Testing is completed by LifeLabs at a Patient Service Centre or via our mobile lab service (available in select cities) through a simple blood sample. You will require a completed test requisition from your healthcare provider.
Test results will be provided directly to your healthcare provider for discussion with you. The report will indicate:
PSA levels depend on your age. As you get older, your PSA level will naturally go up. If you have a high PSA level, your doctor will talk to you about your options. A higher than normal PSA level doesn’t always mean you have prostate cancer. High PSA levels can also indicate:
It’s important for you to discuss your PSA level results with your doctor. Your doctor will help you determine your risk of prostate cancer in relation to your age, family history and other personal information.
The price of this test varies by province. The test may be covered by your private insurance or provincial health plan under some circumstances. Talk to your doctor about your options.
Results are available to your healthcare provider within 2 weeks.
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