Prostate Specific Antigen Test | PSA Test
Cancer screenings for men can include the prostate specific antigen tests. But the PSA test can have false positives. Ask your provider if the test is right for you
What is a PSA test?
PSA is a protein made by your prostate. A PSA test checks the levels of PSA in your blood.
Finding prostate cancer early is important for successful treatment.
There are limits to the prostate cancer screening tests used today. They are not 100% accurate.
Prostate cancer screening may lead to more invasive tests or treatment that may not be necessary.
On the other hand, it may not detect some aggressive cancers in the early stages. You should talk to your healthcare provider about whether these tests are right for you.
How is the test done?
The PSA test is a blood test that is sent to a lab for analysis.
PSA test results
If there are no symptoms of prostate cancer and your PSA test comes back with high levels, your healthcare provider may want to do another PSA test.
If your healthcare provider suspects prostate cancer, a biopsy may be ordered. The only way to diagnose prostate cancer is with a biopsy. A PSA test alone cannot determine if a man has prostate cancer.