ThePSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland. The PSA blood test can detectthe levels of PSA antigen in the blood. The PSA blood test is highly effectivein the early detection of prostate cancer.
While less than four ng/ML is present in the blood of healthy men. These levelsincrease in men who have either prostate cancer or some other type of prostateissue. In 25% of prostate cancer cases, men have PSA levels between 4 and 10ng/mL. If the PSA levels are above 10 ng/mL , the chances that the man hascancer increases to about 70%. The majority of increases in PSA levels isattributed to the presence of cancer.
Men tend to have issues with their prostate as they advance in age. Prostatedisorders often begin as the enlargement, prostatic hyperplasia, orinflammation of the prostate, prostatitis. While these conditions do not causecancer, they can lead to prostate cancer.
The Health Testing Centers offer the PSA blood test and PAP blood test togetherto give a complete and accurate diagnosis. The PAP test checks for the presenceof prostatic acid phosphatase enzyme. This enzyme is released into the bloodstream when the prostate is not functioning properly.
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