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Instead of having a finger exam for my prostate, could I get a blood test?

Instead of having a finger exam for my prostate, could I get a blood test?

No: Psa blood tests are not needed in men under 40. Rectal exam for prostate is indicated at 40. Other conditions of the rectum can require exam at a younger age. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


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When blood test and prostate exams comes back normal, could you still have bone cancer of the iliac?

When blood test and prostate exams comes back normal, could you still have bone cancer of the iliac?

Not sure: Bone cancer has very specific imaging findings as well as symptoms. Metastatic prostate cancer to bone is a late stage disease phenomenon, and most unlikely in a 49 year old. Not sure which blood tests were normal (psa, alkaline phosphotase, ?), so am not positive how to answer this. ...Read more

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Is blood test enough for prostate check up ?

Usually no: You need at least digital rectal examination and may be a PSA. It would be prudent to let your doctor decide the tests that may be needed. You may consult this site for info. http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/guide/prostate-cancer-diagnosis-tests ...Read more

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Hello, I'm about to turn 41would like to start regular prostate checks ( I have no symptoms). I've been told that a blood test would be inconclusive?

PSA TEST: It depends who you are asking, the USPSTF doesn't recommend Prostate screening because it's costly and also could cause some complications during the process but per American Urological Association in your age group if there is no risk factor like family history of prostate ca and being of African descend the screening might not be beneficial, https://www.auanet.org/education/guidelines/prostat ...Read more

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What is the name of the blood test that checks for prostate cancer?

What is the name of the blood test that checks for prostate cancer?

PSA: The psa (prostate specific antigen) blood test is used to evaluate men for the possibily of prostate cancer. An abnormal level may be due to cancer, infection, or benign prostate enlargement. Also, prostate cancer may be present with a normal psa level. Your physician will determine if you need the test and what should be done when the results are available. ...Read more

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I had a blood test 12 days ago and my arm still hurts all down my arm including my wrist and my fingers just wondering if that is normal?

I had a blood test 12 days ago and my arm still hurts all down my arm including my wrist and my fingers just wondering if that is normal?

Hematoma : This is likely just a hematoma. I assume you had your blood drawn from the bend in the elbow, known as the antecubital space. On occasion, there will be some blood that escapes from the puncture site, sometimes visible, sometime not. It will take a few days to a week for the bruise to diminish and as the blood clot breaks down, you will see discoloration around the elbow. Heat may help. ...Read more

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My man has stage 3 prostate cancer even though the blood test was negative. How could the test have been wrong?

PSA is not perfect: Blood tests are molecules shed from the surface of a tumor into the blood. The ones available for most tumors are carbohydrate markers that are only of value for tumor response and not diagnosis. The prefix to these markers are CA 125 for ovary and CA 19.9 for pancreatic Ca. The CA refers to carbohydrate antigen. PSA is such an antigen and unreliable in about 40% of patients. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my man has stage 3 prostate cancer even though the blood test was negative. how can that be?

What do you suggest if my man has stage 3 prostate cancer even though the blood test was negative. how can that be?

Psa normal: Not all prostate cancers express PSA. Therefore, someone can have a prostate cancer but still have a normal PSA. I have heard estimates as high as 5-10% of prostate cancers do not express PSA. This is one of the reasons why a prostate exam should be done in addition to a PSA test for screening. At stage 3, he should proceed for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more