What is YOUR Number?

PSA (Prostate-specific antigen)
Prostate-specific antigen is a substance that is normally produced by the prostate gland and a small amount of PSA can usually be detected in the blood. However, if the prostate begins to make too much PSA, it could be a sign of an enlarged prostate (also known as BPH   benign prostatic hyperplasia), inflammation, or cancer. The doctor will draw blood and measure the PSA level.

There is significant confusion about what your PSA should be or what is normal. Many doctors accept an increasingly higher range of numbers as “normal” as you get older.

Normal PSA              Age (Years)                    PSA (ng/mL)
40-49                            2.5 or less
50-59                            3.5 or less
Over 60                        4.0 or less

Unfortunately, men of all ages with a PSA as low as 1.0 can have cancer. As an example, at the age of 62 my PSA was 2.1 and I had confirmed prostate cancer. The only way you can know what is a normal PSA for you is to keep track of your PSA over a period of years. Then, if your PSA begins to rise, you know that is abnormal for you.

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