Prostate gland in men produces a protein called Prostate-Specific Antigens (PSA). The level of the PSA in the blood is measured by the prostate blood test. If the level of PSA is elevated than the normal level, which is set as 4.0 nanogram per milliliter (ng/ml), this can indicate that the patient has either a prostate cancer or prostate enlargement called Prostatitis. Prostatitis or Prostate enlargement is normal and it can happen as a result of aging.
There are different experts in the field who suggest that the normal level of PSA in the blood should be decreased and se at 2.5 ng/ml to marginally increase the chances of diagnosing the disease earlier. It is being argued that young men should see it as a matter of concern if the PSA level in their blood is higher than 2.5 ng/ml.
Prostate cancer is a condition in which PSA level is elevated in the blood of men. However, elevated PSA level in the blood of a men does not only indicate cancerous condition. Sometimes, other prostate disorders can also cause elevated PSA level. Similarly, there are chances that Prostate cancer can also happen in men whose blood has less than normal PSA level. Nevertheless, this is a fact that higher PSA level in blood increases the risk of prostate cancer in men.
Prostate cancer is reported in men of age 50 or higher and many medical associations suggest PSA screening at this age and beyond. Some people have higher vulnerability to the disease due to genetics e.g. Afro American men, or family history e.g. prostate cancerous father or brother should be advised to begin conducting screening at the age of 40 or 45. However, given to the potential strengths and benefits of the PSA screening, several organizations warn to choose routine screening.
PSA Blood Test is conducted by taking a sample of blood from men’s arm. The blood is studied in the lab and results are reported in a few days. But before getting tested, it is an imperative for men to ask their doctors to educate them about the prostate blood test. Generally a prostate blood test confirms whether or not a man has a risk of prostate cancer. Sometimes men, who do not have prostate cancer symptoms, opt for the prostate blood screening and the result indicates higher level of PSA level. In such a case, patient has to undergo several more prostate blood tests or digital rectal exam (DRE).
Elevated PSA levels can be due to many contributing factors that you never thought of, primarily chronic low-grade infection or low levels of inflammation in the body. In instances like that, medication and herbs will not address the root cause. We need to look at the body as a whole and find out what is driving inflammation into the prostate gland. Once this has been identified, we can show you how to address your prostate in a way that will provide long lasting improvement to your condition.