I am new to the boards and this is my first post. I was hoping to get opinions from everyone on my psa scores over the last 3 years. I am 42 now and had my first psa test 3 years ago when I turned 40. I spoke with my doctor and because my father had prostate cancer and had his removed at age 57 we thought it would be good to start getting tested early. My scores for the last 3 years are as follows:
40 = 1.1
41 = 1.5
42 = 1.6
I am in excellent physical shape, eat well and take various supplements that I am hoping will help keep the dreaded PC away. Just wanted other peoples opinions of my levels for my age.
Congratulations on those great PSA numbers. PSA does creep up with age, but your numbers are well below the threshold anyone uses to suspect prostate cancer. Some doctors use 4.0, some go as low as 2.5. That said, I have a friend who has PC even though his PSA is only 1.6. There will be a new test available soon called PHI that has much better sensitivity than PSA to detect prostate cancer.
Your PSA levels may be within normal standard levels but for a son of a PCa patient at higher risk for the disease the control would be better including other markers, such as free PSA, PAP, etc.
In fact your worries are correct because of the aparent constant increases.
In any case, do not get "precipitated" on conclusions but be vigilant. A PSA above 2.5 ng.ml would be highly suspicious.