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PSA Testing

A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is a simple blood test used to measure the amount of PSA in the blood as an indicator of prostate health in men. PSA is produced by the prostate gland, and is present in low amounts in healthy males; but PSA levels often elevate when the prostate grows enlarged as a result of age or disease.

PSA testing is used to screen men for prostate cancer and can be used in conjunction with other tests to determine if cancer is present. PSA testing can also be used in men who have been treated for prostate cancer, as a spike in PSA levels could indicate the cancer has returned or spread.

There have been conflicting reports in recent years about whether PSA testing should be a routine screening procedure done for men. Some of the arguments against PSA testing include the fact that there is no medical consensus on healthy PSA levels, particularly in seniors, and there is the potential for over-treatment of otherwise benign urological conditions. False positives in PSA testing can cause unnecessary diagnostic follow-up procedures.

Despite these potential drawbacks, however, Skyline Urology is committed to diagnosing and treating prostate cancer and other urological issues as early as possible – and we recommend PSA testing for all men to monitor their prostate health. Currently, Medicare provides coverage for an annual PSA test for all Medicare-eligible men age 50 and older. Many private insurers cover PSA screening as well.