prostate-specific antigen test

A blood test that measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a substance produced by the prostate and some other tissues in the body. Increased levels of PSA may be a sign of prostate cancer.

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  • Early prostate cancer antigen-2 — (EPCA 2) is a protein of which blood levels are elevated in prostate cancer. It appears to provide more accuracy in identifying early prostate cancer than the standard prostate cancer marker, PSA. EPCA 2 is not the name of a gene. EPCA 2 gets its …   Wikipedia

  • Prostate cancer — is a disease in which cancer develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system. It occurs when cells of the prostate mutate and begin to multiply out of control. These cells may spread (metastasize) from the prostate to other… …   Wikipedia

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  • Prostate — For the female prostate gland, see Skene s gland. For the prostrate body position, see Prostration. Prostate Male Anatomy …   Wikipedia

  • prostate cancer — Malignant tumour of the prostate gland. Prostate cancer commonly occurs in men over age 50. Symptoms include frequent or painful urination, blood in the urine, sexual dysfunction, swollen lymph nodes in the groin, and pain in the pelvis, hips,… …   Universalium

  • prostate cancer — a malignant tumour (carcinoma) of the prostate gland, a common form of cancer in elderly men. In most men it progresses slowly over many years and gives symptoms similar to those of benign enlargement of the prostate (see prostate gland). Before… …   Medical dictionary


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