Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test
What is the test?
This is a blood test that measures the level of prostate specific antigen in
men, as an indicator of the presence of cancer in the prostate gland. If this
particular blood antigen is raised beyond a certain threshold, your physician
may recommend additional diagnostic testing. As a preventive measure for early
diagnosis and treatment, physicians typically recommend regular PSA testing for
men beginning at age 50. For men with a family history of prostate cancer, your
doctor may recommend that regular screening and PSA testing
begin at a younger age.
How do I prepare?
There is no special preparation for PSA testing.
How is the test done?
The test for prostate specific antigen requires a needle stick, typically in
the arm, to draw a sample of your blood for analysis.
and when will I get my test results?
Lab test results are usually available either the same day or the following
day. The results will be sent directly to your doctor, who will share them with
is the test performed?
You may go to any of Cayuga
five Laboratory sites. The locations are:
Center at 101 Dates Drive in Ithaca; the Cayuga
at 1301 Trumansburg Road,
Ithaca; 5 Evergreen Street in Dryden; Convenient
Care at Ithaca on Arrowwood Drive off Warren Road; and Convenient Care at Cortland on Route 281 and Commons Avenue.
If you have questions regarding lab testing, you can reach the Cayuga
Medical Center Laboratory at (607) 274-4474.