Wednesday, April 11, 2007

PSA Test for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer will kill a man if not recovered and got a right treatment at right time. The prostate cancer PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test is the simplest test for the detection of cancer in prostate. Blood is taken and the doctors will detect whether there is cancer or not. PSA test is accurate up to 85 to 90% for cancer detection but not 100%.

Elevated PSA test may put forward the prostate cancer and if you got important results you have to go for supplementary testing for assessment of prostate cancer. The last thing you want to do is to allow prostate cancer to grow beyond the prostate gland.

Elevated PSA test results may be due to BPH or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or may be due to Prostatitis and Lower Urinary Tract symptoms, so do not get tense of abnormal results. Results more than higher does not mean that you have got cancer and on the other hand if the results are normal then it doesn’t mean that you are free from cancer.

In dealing with the Prostate Specific Antigen test cancer results one have to take the guide of doctor and follow it significantly. PSA levels can also increase with age. Relative size of your prostate also plays a vital role in the results. It is also noticeable that two out of three people who have shown the elevated PSA results are not having a MALIGNANT TUMOUR.

A PSA test can be helpful in detecting cancerous condition before other symptoms, and the early detection helps in controlling the prostate cancer in the early stages. PSA test has significantly decreased the number of deaths due to prostate cancer.

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