What is a PSA test?
A prostate test can save your life.
Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a protein produced by the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. For this test, a blood sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis.
In most cases, the earlier prostate cancer is detected and treated, the better your chances of a complete recovery. In fact, 95% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer early have a survival rate beyond 5 years, with easier recovery and less impact on a man’s life.
If you are over 40, talk to your GP about PSA testing.
If you are over 40 years of age and have a history of prostate cancer in your family you should have a PSA blood test to determine your own risk. If your PSA test shows a low risk of developing the disease you won’t need to be re-tested for 5-7 years. If your PSA levels are above the median for your age you will be placed on ‘active surveillance’ with follow-ups scheduled every 12 months.
Where do I get tested?