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What’s the Meaning of High Prostate Specific Antigen (Psa) Levels?

Other causes of High PSA levels other that prostate cancer

Irving, Texas –July 13, 2020 – While high level of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) may be the first sign of prostate cancer, it can also be a sign of a less-serious condition. PSA tests measure Prostate Specific Antigen protein in your blood. The levels of this protein in your blood may rise, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you have prostate cancer.

In other occasions, PSA readings elevate because of something benign, like ejaculating within 24 hours of the test, or a urinary tract infection. A person with symptoms will need additional testing, such as urine screening or a digital rectal exam.

Meanwhile, below are reasons why your PSA levels could be above normal, besides prostate cancer.

 Aging

Without any prostate problems, your PSA level can gradually go up as you age. For instance, at age 40, 60, and 70, a PSA of 2.5, 4.5 and 6.5 is the normal limit respectively.

 Prostatitis

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate, and it can be a chronic condition due to a bacterial infection. Besides high PSA levels, someone with prostatitis may experience, fever, pressure in the rectum and ejaculation issues.

 Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

It is an enlarged prostate that can raise PSA levels. It’s a common condition in older men. Benign Prostate Hyperplasia does not increase the risk of cancer, but its symptoms can be similar to those of prostate cancer.

 Medical procedures

False positives during a PSA test may be as a result of a recent prostate exam. To get accurate results, you should wait a few weeks after medical procedure before undergoing the PSA test.

Regular preventive health checks are beneficial. You should inquire with your doctor for an intensive PSA screening, as well as engage other prostate cancer screening methods, to help determine the exact cause of high PSA levels.

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