Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Blood Screening
Test Code: 010322
Specimen Type: Blood
Prostate-Specific Antigen Blood Test (Labcorp)
The Prostate-Specific Antigen Test or PSA test is a blood test that can help to screen for prostate cancer. PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland, a small gland in males found below the bladder. Elevated PSA levels can indicate a higher likelihood of prostate cancer. However, other conditions can cause PSA levels to rise so it is important to follow up on results with a doctor. Not all cases of prostate cancer will cause elevated PSA levels so additional testing will be necessary for some people.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer and as many as 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetimes. Identifying prostate cancer early before it spreads is key to successful treatment. In the early stages, prostate cancer often causes no symptoms so routine screenings are important. As it advances, some people will experience symptoms such as trouble urinating, blood in the urine or semen, bone pain, unexplained weight loss, and erectile dysfunction.
The PSA test is often recommended as a yearly screening for men over the age of 50. Those with a family history of prostate cancer may wish to begin screening earlier. PSA blood testing can also help to monitor treatment for prostate cancer. The Prostate-Specific Antigen Free: Total Ratio which provides more information is also available.
Turnaround for the prostate-specific antigen test is typically 1 business day.
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It is recommended that someone taking Biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or B8, vitamin H, or coenzyme R) stop consumption at least 72 hours prior to the collection of a sample.
Results may be falsely elevated after a transrectal biopsy.