PSA blood test

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n PSA blood test a blood test that measures levels of a protein called prostate specific antigen that is manufactured exclusively by the prostate gland; men with prostate problems usually have elevated levels of PSA
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Usage


In news:

Men with a poorer outlook should generally avoid screening with the blood test for prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
My urologist discussed the option of close surveillance, with periodic biopsies and regular PSA blood testing.
WASHINGTON — Healthy men shouldn't get routine prostate cancer screenings, says updated advice from a government panel that found the PSA blood tests do more harm than good.
An experimental blood test for prostate cancer seems to work better than the current PSA test -- and can tell whether the cancer is spreading.
(CBS News) Should adult men get a PSA blood test to screen for prostate cancer.
In other words, if you're over 50 years of age and are not experiencing any problems in your water works department, they don't want a PSA blood test for all of the $65 or $70 that it will cost you and/or the insurance company.
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In science:

Committees in USA, Germany and France in recent months recommended against routine screening for PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in male blood, since this simple test is neither a sufficient nor a necessary indication for cancer.
A Biased Review of Sociophysics
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