Brian Moran – New Year: Do you know your PSA?

Posted on: January 14th, 2010

Men – have you had a rectal exam and your PSA checked?  1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer.  It is very curable if detected early.  At the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center, we  recommend that men have both a yearly prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test & digital rectal exam (DRE) beginning at age 50.  African-American men and men with a family history of the disease should begin testing at age 40. 

It’s important to know your PSA levels.  In general, a healthy PSA level range is between 0-4.  Patients should seek further testing when the PSA level is above this range or increases between tests.  It is important to note that PSA testing is very individualized & what is considered abnormal for one patient may be normal for another.