What If a PSA Level Is 7?

By Caroline Carter

PSA or Prostate-Specific-Antigen is a type of protein produced in the prostate. According to the American Cancer Society PSA is found in semen, but small amounts can also be found in the male bloodstream. Generally the higher your PSA level, the greater your risk of prostate cancer.

Man Holding Vial of Blood

PSA or Prostate-Specific-Antigen is a type of protein produced in the prostate. According to the American Cancer Society PSA is found in semen, but small amounts can also be found in the male bloodstream. Generally the higher your PSA level, the greater your risk of prostate cancer.

Levels

According to the American Cancer Society healthy males have levels under 4 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter) of blood. A level of seven would put you between 4 and 10, giving you a 1 in 4 chance of having prostate cancer. Any level above 10, gives you a 50 percent chance.

Other Triggers

Conditions such as BPG (benign prostatic hyperplasia), a non-cancerous swelling of the prostate gland, an infection, inflammation or natural aging can also make PSA levels rise.

Misconceptions

Some men with a PSA level below four can also have prostate cancer. For instance, overweight men can maintain a low PSA level, even if they have cancer.

Symptoms

Early prostate cancer often shows no signs. Advanced forms can be noted by impotence, blood in the urine, loss of bladder or bowel control. Bone pain can also be prevalent.

Recommendations

PSA tests are controversial mainly because there are instances where either false-positives or false-negatives can adversely affect the patient. Of course a false negative could be life-threatening. It's always important to discuss when and if you need a prostate exam with your doctor.

References

About the Author

Caroline Carter is a freelance sports/health and fitness writer based in Alpharetta, Georgia. She worked for 15 years as a television/radio sports anchor/reporter in Canada. She covered many legendary sports franchises. Carter is also a licensed travel agent. She has a degree in broadcast journalism from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary, Canada.

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