San Jose Urology Partners
Urologists & Minimally Invasive Urological Oncology located in North Valley, San Jose, CA
A PSA test is an effective way to detect high levels of prostate-specific antigens that can indicate prostate cancer. At San Jose Urology Partners in the North Valley area of San Jose, California, James Hwong, MD, and the dedicated medical team offer state-of-the-art testing methods, treatments, tools, and technology. Call San Jose Urology Partners or book online for urological care from our experienced prostate cancer specialists.
PSA Screening Q & A
What is a PSA test?
A PSA test is a simple blood test that’s primarily used to screen for prostate cancer. The test measures the amount of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) present in your blood. Both cancerous and noncancerous tissue in the prostate produces the PSA protein. Your prostate is a small gland located below your bladder.
PSA is mainly found in semen, which is also produced by the prostate. Small amounts of PSA normally circulate in the blood, but a PSA test can detect high levels of PSA that may indicate prostate cancer.
Some other conditions can also increase PSA levels, such as an enlarged or inflamed prostate, so it’s important to remember that high levels of PSA don’t necessarily mean that you have prostate cancer. On the other side, some men with prostate cancer have PSA levels in the normal range.
A PSA test can help your provider detect prostate cancer in the earlier stages when it’s more treatable. A digital rectal exam can be performed in addition to a PSA test to further evaluate prostate health and check for abnormalities.
To properly diagnose prostate cancer, you will undergo a biopsy, in which samples of tissue are removed for laboratory examination. A cancer diagnosis is mainly based on your biopsy results.
Why would I need a PSA test if I’ve already been diagnosed with prostate cancer?
If you’ve already been diagnosed with prostate cancer, a PSA test might be recommended to judge the effectiveness of a treatment or check for recurring cancer.
Your provider can help you determine if you should have a PSA test.
What is an MRI ultrasound fusion biopsy?
An MRI ultrasound fusion biopsy is a breakthrough technology that has improved the accuracy of prostate cancer biopsies. The technology merges a specialized magnetic resonance imaging scan with an ultrasound image that helps your doctor more precisely pinpoint the specific area of your prostate that needs to be biopsied. An MRI ultrasound fusion biopsy can usually be completed in one day without a hospital stay.
Early detection of prostate cancer is essential in receiving appropriate and timely treatment. Take care of your reproductive health with the assistance of the highly trained team at San Jose Urology Partners. Call or click to book online.