Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is made by the prostate gland. It is mostly found in semen. However, a small amount of PSA can be found in the blood of healthy individuals. Screening for prostate cancer involves detecting PSA levels in the blood. While small fluctuations are normal for PSA levels, elevated levels of PSA in blood may be indicative of prostate cancer or other prostate problems.
Prostate cancer is typically a slow growing cancer that can be present for many years before causing symptoms. Prostate cancer is highly treatable if diagnosed in the early stages and a PSA Ratio test can be valuable in aiding early detection.
Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer in men. Since it is a slow growing cancer it is often undetected until the late stages. Thus, men between the ages of 50-69 may consider getting screened for prostate cancer
This test can also be used to monitor PSA levels in individuals who are receiving treatment for prostate cancer.
It should be noted that prostate enlargement or a prostate infection (prostatitis) can also increase PSA levels. PSA screening may be useful for individuals at higher risk of prostate cancer due to
- a family history of prostate cancer
- high levels of testosterone
- African American ancestry
When detected early, prostate cancer can be effectively treated. By monitoring PSA levels in the blood, you will be able to identify elevating levels early on to
This test must be taken first thing in the morning and returned to the lab the same day.
HOW IT WORKS
Order your test.
Choose the test that matches your need from our large array of tests. The kit will be delivered to your door step. There is no need to leave the comfort of your home.
Collect your sample.
Register and activate your test. Collect your sample first thing in the morning. Return your sample to our lab as soon as possible, using the prepaid envelope included in the kit.
Your sample will be tested as soon as it arrives in our lab. Your results will be available through our secure online platform.
Details and FAQs
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we usually get. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
Activation links your test kit to your account. All test kits must be activated before samples are processed.
Please ensure that the sample is collected before 9am and returned immediately using the carrier method provided within the test kit. Each test includes a prepaid shipping envelope to return your samples to the laboratory.
Please do not collect or return samples on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Your samples are processed in the same labs used by primary care providers, hospitals and government schemes.
Therizon laboratories are CLIA approved and CAP-accredited, which are the highest levels of accreditation. Tests kits are manufactured within our ISO 17025 accredited facility, the highest level of accreditation for medical devices.