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Biomarkers Included with the Prostate PSA blood test
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PSA Free:Total Ratio
About the Prostate PSA blood test
The prostate gland is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra which is the tube men urinate and ejaculate through.
Its main job is to help make semen which is the fluid that carries sperm.
This blood test measures Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). PSA is a protein produced by the prostate. It is normal for all men to have a small amount of PSA in their blood, and this amount rises as you get older
What does a raised PSA result mean?
A raised PSA level may suggest you have a problem with your prostate, including:
- Enlarged prostate
- Inflammation or infection of the prostate called prostatitis
- Urine infection
- Prostate cancer
A raised PSA level does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer. Other things can also cause your PSA level to rise. If you have a raised PSA level, then we would strongly recommend discussing the results with your GP for further action.
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Our mission of better quality healthcare for everyone is at the heart of everything we do and drives us to do the best we can for each and every patient that we see. Our team of experts have years of experience and are fully registered and regulated meaning you are in safe hands with us.
Biomarker information for Prostate PSA blood test
PSA – Prostate Specific Antigen is a protein produced in the prostate by both cancerous and non-cancerous tissue. PSA Total is the total amount of PSA found in your blood
PSA – Prostate Specific Antigen is a protein produced in the prostate by both cancerous and non-cancerous tissue. PSA Free is the amount of unbound PSA found in your blood
This is a calculated value to show the ratio of the amount of Free PSA to the total amount of PSA found in your blood
What does the Prostate PSA blood test involve?
This blood test is just like a standard blood test.
You will be asked to uncover you left or right arm and suitable vein is found. A tourniquet will be placed and tightened around your upper arm allowing the veins to swell and a needle will be placed into your vein. A small quantity of blood is then drawn into tubes. Once the procedure is complete a small plaster will be placed onto the site which can be removed after a few hours.
How do I prepare
- The blood test requires access to the area of interest, therefore, it is recommended to wear loose clothing to facilitate this process.
- No specific preparation is required for this scan.
- We will require details of your GP / Health Care Professional, which may be requested before or at the time of the scan.
- Blood results require interpretation. All results should be interpreted by your regular health care professional / GP.