Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test
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Reasons for Test
- Monitor treatment effectiveness for prostate cancer
- Help determine if cancer has returned in men who have already been treated for prostate cancer
- Test for other conditions, like prostatitis , or benign prostatic hyperplasia
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Ejaculation can cause PSA levels to rise. Avoid sexual activity for 24 hours before testing.
- Some procedures can elevate PSA levels. Schedule your PSA test several weeks after any of these:
- Wait several weeks after successful treatment of prostate infections.
Some medicines can lower PSA levels. Tell your doctor if you are taking:
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Bleeding from the puncture site
- Red, swollen, or painful puncture site
- If you have not heard from your doctor in 1-2 weeks
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Urology Care Foundation http://www.urologyhealth.org
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Prostate Cancer Canada http://www.prostatecancer.ca
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5/6/2009 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Schröder FH, Hugosson J, Roobol MJ, et al. Screening and prostate-cancer mortality in a randomized European study. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:1320-1328.
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 04/29/2014 -