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A PSA Test Will Help Detect Prostate Cancer

PSA or prostate-specific antigen is an antigen that is found only in the prostate cells. The PSA or prostate-specific antigen test is recommended for men over the age of 50, men who are prescribed penis pumps or ED pumps and those men who have erectile dysfunction or impotence. This is due to the fact that the PSA or prostate-specific antigen test has been known to detect prostate cancer. Although prostate cancer is not the only underlying cause of Erectile dysfunction or Impotence, problems with the prostate are seen in many users of penis pumps and ED pumps that are recommended by a doctor.

PSA results are not the only test used to determine prostate cancer. Impotence or Erectile dysfunction is the inability to gain or keep an erection for a period of time. Many cases are due to underlying conditions with the prostate being enlarged, or BPH. PSA looks for specific antigens in the prostate cells to see if there are abnormalities. Sometimes these abnormalities are due to prostatitis; other times it is due to cancer. The PSA test is most commonly used in patients who have prostate cancer in their medical history to monitor recurrences. The PSA level rising can be the first warning factor of cancer returning but not all high levels mean cancer. Most doctors believe that anything under a 4.0 PSA level is normal, and 4.1 to 9.9 is considered high and cancer screening is then recommended.

Just because the PSA level is high does not mean that cancer will be found. If a man is using hormone therapy, this can make levels higher or lower than they should be without the hormone therapy so PSA testing should be completed a few months after treatment has ceased. PSA levels will vary from lab to lab so testing over a few months’ time is recommended.

 

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