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The PSA test may also be used as a screening tool for
prostate cancer. However, this use is controversial. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the PSA test, and your personal risk factors for prostate cancer.
Wait several weeks after successful treatment of prostate infections.
Some medicines can lower PSA levels. Tell your doctor if you are taking:
Description of Test
You will be asked to sit. An area inside your elbow will be cleaned with an antiseptic wipe. A large band will be tied around your arm. The needle will then be inserted into a vein. A tube will collect the blood from the needle. The band on your arm will be removed. Once all the blood is collected, the needle will be removed. Some gauze will be placed over the site to help stop bleeding. You may also be given a bandage to place over the site.
Fang J, Metter EJ, et al. PSA velocity for assessing prostate cancer risk in men with PSA levels between 2.0 and 4.0 ng/mL.
How did the USPSTF arrive at this recommendation? US Preventative Services Task Force website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Published May 2012. Accessed September 12, 2012.
Members of the Prostate-Specific Antigen Best Practice Statement Panel (2009). Prostate-Specific Antigen Best Practice Statement: 2009 Update. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Accessed April 17, 2013.
Prostate cancer screening. EBSCO DynaMed website. ...(Click grey area to select URL) Updated March 15, 2013. Accessed April 17, 2013.
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Updated July 24, 2012. Accessed April 17, 2013.
Screening for prostate cancer: current recommendation. US Preventative Services Task Force website. Available at: ...(Click grey area to select URL) Published May 2012. Accessed April 17, 2013.
Stephan C, Stroebel G, et al. The ratio of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to prostate volume (PSA density) as a parameter to improve the detection of prostate carcinoma in PSA values in the range of < 4 ng/mL.
5/6/2009 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance ...(Click grey area to select URL) Schröder FH, Hugosson J, Roobol MJ, et al. Screening and prostate-cancer mortality in a randomized European study. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:1320-1328.
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