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Is There a Normal PSA Level?

Is There a Normal PSA Level?

There is no universally accepted “normal” PSA level. In the past, a PSA of 4 nanograms per milliliter of blood (ng/ml) or less was considered normal; however, more recent studies have shown that some men with PSAs below 4 have prostate cancer and some men with PSAs over 4 do

4. Prostatitis

The term prostatitis describes inflammation of the prostate gland. Unlike other prostatic conditions, prostatitis affects younger and older men alike. It is common, affecting up to 1 in 12 men in their lifetime and keeping urologists busy (it’s responsible for 25 percent of all visits to urology clinics).
In the United

3. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

There is an expression in medicine that “common things are common,” and benign prostatic hyperplasia is most certainly common, affecting more than 50 percent of men in their 60s and up to 90 percent of men in their 80s. BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland due to

1. Introduction: What Is the Prostate?

Hidden deep within the male pelvis is a small gland the size of a walnut known as the prostate. The prostate is an essential part of the male reproductive and urinary systems. But there is a serious design fault.
Similar to a rubber ring, the prostate surrounds the thin, soft urethra,

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

The glandular cells of the prostate play an important role in reproduction, producing the fluids that help make up semen. These tiny cells also serve as the birthplace for nearly all prostate cancers. Genes in these cells slowly mutate, leading to the formation of abnormal cells. The cells proliferate and

It Isn’t Time to Abandon the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Just Yet

It Isn’t Time to Abandon the Prostate-Specific Antigen Test Just Yet

In the fall of 2016, actor Ben Stiller revealed that he had been treated successfully for prostate cancer in 2014. Stiller credited his physician and the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening test for saving his life.

His announcement comes at a time when rates of prostate cancer screening and diagnosis are on

What Is the Gleason Score?

What Is the Gleason Score?

Anyone who has been faced with the prospect of prostate cancer will encounter the phrase “Gleason score.” And what is the Gleason score? Doctors use it to help them predict the risk of how aggressive a prostate cancer may be and how likely it is to spread beyond the prostate

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