Approximately 13% of all men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. This is an astounding number, so it is important to get tested to catch early signs of prostate cancer. The average age of diagnosis is 66 years old so if you are around or approaching that age it is even more important to get this simple test done.
We test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels in your blood. In a healthy man, small amounts of PSA go from the prostate into the blood stream while the rest is secreted into seminal fluid. Cancerous cells in the prostate produce more PSA than standard cells therefore more PSA is leaked into the bloodstream. A PSA test will show these elevated levels in the blood, which can be an indicator of prostate cancer.
Due to the prevalence of prostate cancer it is important to come in for this easy test, especially if you are in your 50s or 60s. If your PSA levels are high it is recommended that you see an oncologist for further assessment.
Our male hormone profile tests for: Testosterone, Estradiol, DHEA-S, and PSA.