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Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a protein made by the prostate gland. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland in men, located near the bladder and rectum. It produces a fluid that is part of semen. Most PSA is released into semen, but some is released into the bloodstream. If there is a problem with the prostate, the PSA found in the blood can become elevated.
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The PSA test is used to:
- Screen for prostate cancer
- Monitor treatment for prostate cancer
- Help determine if cancer has returned in men who have already been treated for prostate cancer
An elevated PSA level may also be associated with prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) and an enlarged prostate ( benign prostatic hyperplasia ).
Call Your Doctor
After the test, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Bleeding from the puncture site
- Red, swollen, or painful puncture site
- If you have not heard from your doctor in 1-2 weeks