Why should I avoid sexual activity before a PSA test?
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information
Jump to content. A prostate-specific antigen PSA test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. PSA is released into a man's blood by his prostate gland. Healthy men have low amounts of PSA in the blood. The amount of PSA in the blood normally increases as a man's prostate enlarges with age.
Ejaculation increases the serum prostate-specific antigen concentration.
We respect your privacy. But in the USPSTF released new draft guidelines that encourage doctors to discuss the potential benefits and harms of using the PSA test to screen for cancer in men ages 55 to The final recommendation statement is now being developed. In men, most urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria and respond well to antibiotics.
Making the decision to have a PSA test depends on a variety of factors. Here are some tips that can help you make a good decision. Cancer screening tests — including the prostate-specific antigen PSA test to look for signs of prostate cancer — can be a good idea. Prostate cancer screening can help identify cancer early on, when treatment is most effective.