PSA: The test for prostate cancer
PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, is a protein found in prostate cells that can be detected in the blood. Higher PSA levels have been linked to an increased chance of having prostate cancer.
However, there can be several different reasons for higher PSA levels, and having a higher PSA level does not mean definitively that you have prostate cancer. If higher levels are detected, your doctor may recommend other tests to determine if there is a cancer or if other there is another problem with the prostate.
The PSA test is not without controversy for several reasons. If higher PSA levels are detected and no cancer is present, it may lead to additional medical procedures with risks and financial costs. The test may also detect very small tumors that do not pose a threat to a man’s life, which could put men at risk for side effects from any associated treatments.
Discuss with your doctor whether PSA testing is right for you, including the potential benefits and risks. To find a doctor, call 877-904-4YOU or visit www.TheChristHospital.com.