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The PSA test

is a blood test which can detect the early signs of prostate cancer.

The test, which can be done at a GP surgery, measures the level of PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in your blood. PSA is made by the prostate gland. Some of it will leak into your blood, and the amount depends on your age and the health of your prostate.

Raised PSA levels

The amount of PSA in your blood is measured in nanograms of PSA per millilitre of blood (ng/ml). PSA levels can range from 1ng/ml to hundreds of ng/ml.

If you're aged 50–59, your PSA level is considered raised if it's 3ng/ml or higher.
If you're aged 60–69, your PSA level is considered raised if it's 4ng/ml or higher.
If you're aged 70 or over, your PSA level is considered raised if it's 5ng/ml or higher.

A raised PSA level in your blood may show that you have a problem with your prostate. However, this may not be prostate cancer.

Other conditions, such as an enlarged prostate, prostatitis or a urinary infection, can also cause a raised PSA level.

All men over 45 are able to visit one of our PSA testing sessions, as long as they have made an informed choice based on the benefits, limitations and risks of having the test.

Source: NHS Choices
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