Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
To screen for prostate cancer.
A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. PSA is released into a man’s blood by his prostate gland. Healthy men usually have low amounts of PSA in the blood. The amount of PSA in the blood normally increases as a man’s prostate enlarges with age. When combined with a digital rectal exam at your doctor’s office, the test increases the chance of detecting prostate cancer. A PSA level within the normal ranges does not mean that prostate cancer is not present. Also, some men with prostate cancer have normal PSA levels.
Preparation: None, aside from the remarks above in red. It is always a good practice to drink plenty of water before a blood draw because being well-hydrated aids in the venipuncture procedure.
Estimated time to receive results is 1-2 days.
Please be advised, that our services are strictly self pay and are not eligible for submission as a claim to your health insurance provider. However, you can submit the receipt for reimbursement to many Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts for reimbursement.