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The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test uses blood to measure the levels of PSA in thebody, which is a protein that is produced by both malignant and normal cells of the prostategland (National Cancer Institute, 2017). Prostate cancer is considered to the be the most commoncancer and the second leading cause of death from cancer in men, with African American menhaving a higher risk compared to men of other races and the purpose of the PSA test is to screenfor prostate cancer in these men (Eastham, 2017). An elevated PSA level not only can be causedby prostate cancer, but also a multiple number of benign conditions such as prostatitis and benignprostatic hyperplasia (National Cancer Institute, 2017). Due to the PSA level not being acompletely accurate detection test for prostate cancer, men who have a high PSA level oftenundergo a prostate biopsy, which can have major complications such as pain, bleeding andinfections (Carter, 2018). The big debate with prostate cancer screening is regarding whether the
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Prostate cancer,National Cancer Institute,Prostate-specific antigen