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Prostate cancer is usually diagnosed by a PSA test, a test that takes a blood sample from the prostate and measures the amount of PSA protein in the bloodstream. PSA levels above 3ng/ml indicate that your prostate is cancerous. A high PSA level can also cause a prostate infection or inflammation.
A PSA test may be performed at an outpatient or inpatient clinic. The PSA test is usually done before your doctor orders the biopsy of your prostate. After the test is done, your doctor will send your blood sample to a laboratory for analysis. The results are used to determine your risk for developing prostate cancer.
The test is usually done on a daily basis, and is usually not a surgery. You may be asked to take part in several follow-up visits during the course of your care.