Prostate Cancer Screenings in the East Bay: PSA Test

Posted on Oct 1, 2013

grandfather looking at laptop with granddaughterProstate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in men. Blood tests include the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, which measures the amount of PSA produced by a small organ in the male reproductive system called the prostate.

“An extremely high PSA level most often indicates the presence of cancer,” said Dr. Kang. “However, there are other diseases that can increase the PSA level, so a border line/medium elevation of PSA may require the removal of a small piece of prostate tissue for further cancer testing in a lab.”

In the future, the Beckman Coulter’s Prostate Health Index or “phi”—a more accurate prostate screening test—may help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies in some men and should be available soon in the U.S.

“Men at high risk should talk with their doctors about the pros and cons of the PSA test,” notes Dr. Kang. “High-risk factors include having a father, brother or son who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer at a young age as well as ethnic background—African-American men are at higher risk for prostate cancer.”

Where can I find free prostate cancer screenings in Oakland?

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center offers free prostate cancer screenings through its Markstein Cancer Services. For more information, please call 510-869-8833.

 

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