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Dear Dr. Motola,
Can sexual activity just before a PSA blood test make PSA results jump from 2 to 12?
PSA testing immediately after sexual activity remains controversial. The most widely held belief is that patients should wait 3 days after sexual activity prior to obtaining a PSA, however some recent studies suggest that sexual activity will not cause a rise. Repeating the PSA after 3 days of abstinence will be the easiest way to resolve this.
Alternative Names Prostate-specific antigen; Prostatecancer screening test Normal Values No certain PSA level that is called normal or abnormal. No PSA level means you do or do not have prostate cancer. Remember that the PSA test cannot diagnose cancer. Only a biopsy can diagnose cancer. Always discuss PSA test results with your doctor Your doctor will look at your PSA results and must consider your age, your race, medicines you are taking, and a number of other factors to decide whether your PSA is normal and whether you need more tests done. Older men typically have slightly higher PSA levels than younger men. Normal ranges by age group commonly used include: Men below age 50: PSA less than 2.5 Men 50 - 59 years: PSA level less than 3.5 Men 60 - 69 years: PSA level less than 4.5 Men older than 70 years: PSA level less than 6.5 Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. What abnormal results mean A high...
In the 21st century, medicine has seen unrivaled advances, enabling patient care that includes finding cures for previously incurable diseases. Surgical intervention has moved into a minimally invasive platform, with illness being treated in manners that allows for rapid return to work. Patients in the U.S. are constantly benefitting from the technology that is available; as a result, the American people are living longer, healthier and more productive lives than ever.
Recent events that have occurred on Capitol Hill have threatened to change this. Since this is a urology blog, first allow me to address the United States Preventive Task Force (USPSTF) decision regarding PSA testing . Recently this organization has given PSA screening a “D” rating. The panel has advised against PSA-based prostate cancer screening for men of all ages based on the panel’s moderate certainty that the potential harms of testing outweigh the benefits of testing. The...
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