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Many Factors Elevate and Lower PSA Results
From sex the night before to taking aspirins and advancing age, the PSA test is sensitive to a host of influences. Most men facing a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test for prostate cancer may not realize that many factors can influence the result. Nor do doctors always provide patients with a list of things not to do or not to take before the test. So here's a partial list of things that affect a diagnostic PSA test, both up and down.
What Elevates the PSA Test
The higher a man's PSA level, the more likely it is that cancer is present. Here are some factors that elevate a result:
What Lowers PSA Test Results
Other factors can artificially lower the PSA level:
What's a Normal PSA Level?
Unfortunately for men, 'normal' seems to be a bit of a moving target. Because of various factors such as age and medications, PSA levels tend to fluctuate. One abnormal PSA test can be quite meaningless.
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