The prostate gland is a male reproductive organ positioned just below the bladder. In addition to assisting in semen production, the prostate produces a protein called prostate-specific antigen, which circulates in the blood, whether or not there is cancer in the prostate. The PSA test is a blood analysis that measures how much prostate-specific antigen is in the blood. Sometimes a higher than expected PSA level in the blood can indicate cancer, which can then be confirmed with further prostate testing.
The prostate cancer test is actually a finger-stick blood sample used to measure the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood. Prostate-specific antigen is measured in nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL), and the expected level varies by age group. Your prostate testing results will indicate if the PSA level in your blood is Normal or Abnormal. A normal prostate test result is 4.0 ng/mL and below, while 4.1 ng/mL or higher is considered abnormal. Your results letter will also indicate if you should follow-up with your personal physician for further discussion regarding your PSA test results.
Acute bacterial prostatitis. Your urinary tract is made up of your kidneys, bladder, and the tubes that pass between them. If bacteria from here finds its way into your prostate, you can get an infection. This type of prostatitis comes on quickly. You might suddenly have.
Men ages 40-69 should consider getting a prostate screening, especially those men with any of these two risk factors: having family members who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and African-American men.
Prostate cancer screening testing is recommended for:
Men ages 40-69 should discuss with their personal physician the frequency of prostate testing they are comfortable with. This conversation should take into consideration your age, your risk factors, and your personal feelings about preventive screening, as well as what next steps you are comfortable with, should your prostate test results indicate elevated PSA levels in your blood.