We are a group that shares a wide range of information on prevention and treatment of prostate cancer. We provide a forum where you can get all your questions answered in one place by men that have lived through the experience.
Prostate cancer is very personal. Our goal is to make you more aware of your options before you begin a treatment that may have serious side effects such as impotence, incontinence, and a high rate of reoccurrence.
A PSA test is a blood test used to measure the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. PSA is a protein produced by both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate, a small gland that sits below the bladder in males. However, cancerous prostate tissue produces much more of this protein.
Small amounts of PSA ordinarily circulate in the blood. The PSA test can detect elevated levels of PSA that may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. However, many other conditions, including an enlarged or inflamed prostate, also can increase PSA levels. See below.
So an elevated PSA score – above 1.5, or especially above 4.0 – should be considered like a “check engine” light that indicates there is something abnormal in your body that should be checked out further.
Determining what a high PSA score means can be complicated so if your PSA is elevated, discuss the issue with your doctor.
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Normally $35, but with discount code "ULTA0615", you only pay $12.95 (plus an $8 blood draw fee).
Enter "ULTA0615" in the box that says "Promotion Code" above the $35 total cost as you check out, then click on the check mark to apply the discount.
Select the "Find Location" tab at the top of the ULTA webpage, which allows you to choose a nearby lab (mostly at Quest Diagnostics locations).
Tests are $41-$59, depending on whether one chooses Qwest or LabCorp.
As part of your annual check-up after age 50, make sure your doctor orders a PSA test. It should be covered by your health insurance. If not, choose an option above. It is good to get a baseline PSA earlier, and to begin regular testing at age 45 if there is a family history of prostate cancer.