Because more invasive prostate exam procedures carry a risk of infection and bleeding, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests are an effective method of helping physicians detect instances of cancerous tumors in the body. The Urology department at West Jefferson Medical Center helps men in New Orleans concerned with their prostate health by administering PSA tests as necessary.
Potential concerns with PSA tests
When PSA tests were first introduced, there was an increase in the detection of cancer which led to more men getting the care they needed. While the PSA test is safe, it is known to have false-positive rates which are above average and sometimes alerts doctors to noncancerous tumors which are not a cause for concern. Speak with our Urology department to learn more about how a PSA test may benefit you.