Test Overview – This test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen in the blood and is used as a screening tool for prostate cancer. It can also be used to determine inflammation in the prostate gland.
When is it recommended? – Anytime
Diagnostic ailment – Prostate cancer, prostatitis
Significance – As men age, the prostate gland tends to get inflamed which can increase the risk for prostate cancer and other concerns.
What does the test result mean? – The normal levels for this test may differ across labs and should be determined by your doctor based on your medical history. However, a general guide is as follows:
Men ages 40-49: 0-2.5 ng/mL
Men ages 50-59: 0-3.5 ng/mL
Men ages 60-69: 0-5.5 ng/mL
Men ages 70 and older: 0-6.5 ng/mL
Special Instructions – Avoid ejaculating for at least 24 hours before the test as it may inflame the prostate gland and impact the test result.