The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)
is produced by the prostate. A simple blood test measures the amount of PSA and high levels may suggest the presence of prostate cancer. If you are a male, have an average risk of prostate cancer, and are over 40 years old, you should get a PSA blood test
. According to the American Urology Association, the following is a general schedule for when you should get tested– please note you should discuss this testing with your physician for individualized consultation:
- Under age 40: PSA screening is not recommended
- Ages 40-54 and at average risk: Routine PSA screening is not recommended (note: this decision has been debated by physicians so check with your health care provider)
- Under age 55 at higher risk (family history or African American): The decision should be discussed with your physician as to the frequency of this test.
- Ages 55-59: This age group tends to get the most benefit from having a PSA blood test done. Routine screening is recommended every two years.
- Ages 70+: Routine PSA screening is not recommended although some men over the age of 70 may benefit from prostate cancer screenings.
Because prostate cancer is the number two cancer killer of men, there is nothing wrong with having a PSA test if you are concerned or if your physician recommends having this test. You can order a PSA blood test here