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PSA testing:

This test is performed to detect the presence of PSA.

PSA is a glycoprotein (a protein with a sugar attached) found in prostatic epithelial cells. It can be detected at a low level in the blood of all adult men. The PSA level is greatly increased in most men with prostatic cancer but can also be increased somewhat in other disorders of the prostate.

Normal values

Normal values depend on age. Older men may have slightly higher PSA measurements than younger men but this doesn’t necessarily mean they have cancer. Men of African descent normally have slightly higher values than white men. In most laboratories a value of less than 4 ng/ml is normal.

Note: ng/ml = nanograms per milliliter

What abnormal results mean:

Greater-than-normal levels may indicate:
benign prostatic hypertrophy
prostate cancer
prostatitis
prostate infarction

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