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First things first, what exactly is a PSA test?

PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen, which is a protein made by the prostate gland. So how exactly does this relate to prostate cancer? The more of this prostate specific antigen that is in a man's body, the more likely he is to have prostate cancer. The PSA test is FDA approved and is the main way to identify whether or not a patient is positive for prostate cancer.

An elevated PSA level is not enough to prove one has cancer though. There have been incidents where a patient's PSA levels were high, but he did not have prostate cancer. High PSA is just a hint to begin looking deeper into the issue to find more solid signs of cancer. Most doctors will recommend a prostate biopsy if the patient is suspected to have prostate cancer. Samples of the prostate tissue are taken and examined under a microscope.

Having regular PSA tests can help detect prostate cancer earlier, and earlier detection means a higher survival rate. There is a lot that you can do on a daily basis to help prevent prostate cancer, simples things such as exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet. Be sure that once you hit age 50 that you are taking regular trips to your doctor to have your prostate examined, and your PSA levels taken.
 


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