PSA (PROSTATE SPECIFIC ANTIGEN)
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
Test results generally take between 24 to 72 business hours after your specimen is collected.
WHAT IS A PROSTATE SPECIFIC ANTIGEN (PSA) LAB TEST?
The PSA Test (or Prostate Specific Antigen) is a substance a man’s prostate gland produces. This blood test will measure your PSA levels and if elevated, it may indicate prostate cancer or prostatitis (an enlarged prostate).
WHY DO I NEED A PSA TEST?
No matter what age you are, all men need a PSA Test. Why? Because it’s important to establish a PSA “baseline,” so that you can, over time, monitor any changes in your PSA levels. A PSA is also recommended for men on testosterone therapy. Proactive blood testing like this can help you monitor your levels and possibly detect and treat disease before it’s too late.
WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?
Levels of 4.0 ng/mL and less are considered to be normal.
HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:
Men with results higher than 10.0 ng/mL are considered to be at a greater risk for prostate cancer. Levels between 4.0 ng/mL and 10.0 ng/mL can indicate prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia or prostatitis.
LOW RESULTS INDICATE:
Any result under 4.0 ng/mL is considered to be normal.
WHAT IF MY LAB TEST RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT OF RANGE?
Please consult with your primary care physician, who may refer you to a urologist or oncologist.