PSA test – Process, benefits and alternatives
PSA test - what is involved?
PSA is the abbreviation for prostate-specific antigen. This is a protein molecule, which is only produced in the in prostate and the concentration of which can be measured in the blood.
In general, malignant changes in the prostate gland lead to an increased distribution of this protein molecule and thus to an increased PSA level in the blood. Attempts are made to use this in early detection. Today, more than 80 percent of all newly discovered prostate carcinomas are only detected by the PSA test. The difficulty here is that there is no clear lower limit from which prostate cancer can be excluded with certainty, and that the increased PSA- level has other, comparatively harmless causes in 7 out of 10 cases, for example prostate inflammation.
PSA test – when?
A PSA test may be recommended as part of a prostate examination, in particular as part of cancer screening. However, the weaknesses of the procedure and the potential stress caused by a conspicuous PSA level should be openly discussed between doctor and patient.
PSA test – how?
The PSA test is a blood test and requires nothing more from the patient than the taking of a small amount of blood for test purposes.
PSA test – are there alternatives?
The test is only part of a comprehensive preventive medical check-up. The fact that there still remains debate about its value among experts is shown by the fact that there is still no universal recommendation. Therefore, people should obtain comprehensive information about the PSA test from their doctors in order to reach a joint decision on whether or not they wish to make use of the test. However, there is no doubt that the PSA level is essential for the diagnosis and monitoring of a previously detected prostate carcinoma.
PSA test – why at the Wiener Privatklinik?
The Wiener Privatklinik not only offers you some of Vienna’s best medical specialists, but also specialists and the necessary technical diagnostic equipment for all examinations, which may be required if a disease is suspected as a result of the PSA test. It also offers the best specialists for the immediate treatment of such diseases. Early detection and timely treatment at the highest level are the best guarantee for a long, pain-free life.
You can obtain more detailed information on the PSA test from our telephone info-line or by email. All contact details can be found on our Contact page.