The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system. It surrounds the tube that carries urine from the bladder.
It surrounds the tube that carries urine from the bladder. The gland is the size of a walnut and also produces some of the fluid that makes up semen. If a problem occurs within the gland it can affect your sex life, or cause difficulties with passing urine.
PSA is a prostate specific antigen made by your prostate and released into your bloodstream. Raised PSA can indicate a problem with your prostate including:
- Prostate enlargement
- Urinary infection
- Prostate cancer
A PSA test is a blood test that can be carried out at your GP surgery. Note that 2 out of 3 men with raised PSA levels do not have prostate cancer.*
If your test shows raised PSA, your GP may recommend further testing or a biopsy.
* Source: NHS Choices
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