Originally Posted by ronnie23
What does a PSA reading of 0.5 mean for a 68 year old man?
daff covered the real essence - the happy emotional part, except for the envy that all of us board participants are feeling. LOL
Here are the cold (but happy for the person you are concerned about) facts, assuming he has not been diagnosed with PC and treated.
For a man of 60 or older, half of men "without clinical evidence of prostate cancer" will have a PSA of just 1.4 or lower, while half of such men will have a higher PSA. (The "median" for such men in their 40s is .7, and .9 for men in their 50s, figures much lower than the biopsy triggering numbers we are used to on this board.) Since the PSA you mention is lower, "then the risk for prostate cancer is very low...." All this is according to statements on page 40 of the IMPaCT Conference "Program" booklet by Dr. William Catalona, MD. Dr. Catalona is a very highly respected prostate cancer surgeon and researcher; he is more or less the dean of American urologists.
That low PSA number also suggests, apart from cancer, that there is minimal if any benign enlargement of the prostate and probably no infection or inflammation at present.