This test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). PSA is a protein produced by the prostate gland.
PSA can be bound to protein or circulate “freely” (unbound) in the blood. This test measures the total PSA (both bound and unbound) in the blood.
PSA can be elevated due to:
- Prostatitis, which is inflammation (swelling) or infection in the prostate
- An enlarged prostate, which is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- Prostate cancer.
NOTE: PSA tests are available through Health Testing Centers for men age 40 and older. If you are younger than 40 and interested in PSA testing, contact your primary care doctor or urologist.
Prostate Screening - PSA Blood Test
Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)
Measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to evaluate prostate function in men age 40 and older
1. Purchase Tests
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(Note: to preserve lowest possible per test pricing, a single $10.00 lab fee is applied to one or more blood tests. You will not incur any additional charges at the lab.)
2. Visit a Lab
After purchasing your testing you will receive an email with your lab requisition. Bring this form to the laboratory.
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If you have selected the option to have an At Home Test Kit delivered to you, you will receive your test kit in the mail within 5 to 7 business days. (Not all tests are available as At Home Test Kits.)
3. Get Results
We’ll email you when your results are ready. Sign into your account to view and download your result reports.
Certain result values may prompt a phone call from our ordering provider to ensure the patient is aware of their result.
This test is used to evaluate prostate function, particularly as a screening test for prostate cancer.
It is also used to help diagnose prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
For use as a prostate cancer screening test, both the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Urological Association (AUA) recommend that men consider potential benefits and risks of testing when making a decision.2-3
ACS recommendations include:
- Begin PSA screening at age 50 for average-risk men.2
- Begin PSA screening at age 45 for high-risk men.2 This includes men who are African-American, or who have a first-degree relative (dad, brother, or son) who had prostate cancer before age 65.2
- Begin PSA screening at age 40 for men with 2 or more first-degree relatives who had prostate cancer before age 65.2
- Repeat screening annually or every 2 years based on the PSA result.2
AUA recommendations include:
- Begin screening at age 55 and continue through age 69 for average-risk men.3
- Repeat screening every 2 years, or at different intervals based on PSA result.3
- Consider screening men age 40-54 if they are high risk, including African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer.3
- Consider continuing to screen men age 70 or older when they are in excellent health (defined by the AUA as men expected to live another 10-15 years).3