Wk3 Initial Post.docx - The prostate-specific antigen(PSA test uses blood to measure the levels of PSA in the body which is a protein that is produced

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The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test uses blood to measure the levels of PSA in the body, which is a protein that is produced by both malignant and normal cells of the prostate gland (National Cancer Institute, 2017). Prostate cancer is considered to the be the most common cancer and the second leading cause of death from cancer in men, with African American men having a higher risk compared to men of other races and the purpose of the PSA test is to screen for prostate cancer in these men (Eastham, 2017). An elevated PSA level not only can be caused by prostate cancer, but also a multiple number of benign conditions such as prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (National Cancer Institute, 2017). Due to the PSA level not being a completely accurate detection test for prostate cancer, men who have a high PSA level often undergo a prostate biopsy, which can have major complications such as pain, bleeding and infections (Carter, 2018). The big debate with prostate cancer screening is regarding whether the
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  • Fall '18
  • Prostate cancer, National Cancer Institute, Prostate-specific antigen

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