Annual Checkup & PSA Test

50 Years Old!

In 2014 I turned 50!  Hurray! Time to celebrate and of course, go see the doctor for my annual physical.  I always believed that since I was paying for insurance, I should go every year to get my physical.  I knew this was the big physical.  The extra tests of colonoscopy and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) were on the menu.  At the time, my doctor asked me “Do you want the PSA?”  I said why not.  She stated that there has been some controversy about it.  I told her to give me everything I am supposed to have as I’d rather be safe then sorry.  (Little did I know that I made a good decision that day.)

It is simple, go to the lab in the same building and give some blood. Well for me, it was 4 vials of blood since she was checking all of my numbers such as my cholesterol, glucose etc.

A couple of days later all my tests came back.  Everything was in the normal range EXCEPT the PSA.  For my age, I should have been under 3.5.  My PSA was 4.1.   I knew another friend who turned 50 and his PSA was 1.1…  So I guess mine was high.  That was on 8-29-2014.

What is a PSA Test?   Here is an explanation from cancer.gov:

Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. For this test, a blood sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis. The results are usually reported as nanograms of PSA per milliliter (ng/mL) of blood.

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