PSA blood test easiet way to detect prostate cancer

PSA blood test easiet way to detect prostate cancer


AT 5:00, WE SHOWED YOU GENETICS STEPHANIE IS BACK WITH US. THERE’S A BLOOD TEST, IS THAT STILL THE BEST WAY TO DETECT? IT IS STILL THE BEST WAY. IT’S THE SIMPLEST AS WELL AS THE EASIEST, BUT IT’S NOT COMPLETELY ACCURATE ALL THE TIME. THOSE BLOOD TESTS CHECK A MAN’S P.S.A. LEVELS. P.S.A. STANDS FOR PROSTATE SPECIFIC ANTIGEN, A PROTEIN PRRDUCED BY THE PROSTATE GLAND. A GOOD P.S.A. LEVEL SHOULD BE BETWEEN 0 AND 4. HOWEVER, SOME MEN CAN STILL HAVE A LOW LEVEL AND HAVE CANCER. OTHER MEN CAN HAVE A HIGH P.S.A. LEVEL AND NEVER DEVELOP CANCER. THE KEY HERE IS FOR MEN TO GET A P.S.A. TEST AT AGE 50 TO FIND THEIR BASELINE. THEN TRACK THOSE LEVELS EACH YEAR. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THE TREND IN THE P.S.A. YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE IT’S NOT RISING. IT ALLOWS US TO CATCH PROSTATE CANCER EARLIER. AND IT HELPS US TO MONITOR THE TREATMENT, AS WELL, TO SEE HOW EFFECTIVE IT IS. Reporter: THE DOCTOR SAYS RISING PRIME MINISTER SAY LEVELS ARE TYPICALLY STRONG INDICATORS THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG AND THAT’S WHEN MEN SHOULD SEE A DOCTOR, SPECIFICALLY A UROLOGIST. IF PROSTATE CANCER DOES RUN IN YOUR FAMILY, YOU SHOULD START GETTING THE FIRST P.S.A. TEST AT AGE 40. COMING UP AT 6:00, TALK MORE ABOUT THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS MEN MAY EXPERIENCC. Erin: I LOST MY GRANDFATHER TO PROSTATE CANCER, SO I KNOW