PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test
Just a reminder for guys who have reached a “certain age.”
After age 50, or younger (40) for men who have histories of prostate cancer in their family, a PSA test can be a very good thing. It is a simple blood test which reveals a somewhat arbitrary, but useful, number in gauging antigen levels which relate to possible prostate cancer development.
I vote for age 40 to start these because the result will give you a base line value from which you can compare values in future years, tracking any changes upward. The earlier prostate cancer is detected, the better your shot at beating it.
Tomorrow is my annual day. What I’ve learned (and what doctors seldom mention; I don’t know why) is that you will get a lower PSA read if you don’t have any sexual activity for 48 hrs prior to the blood draw.
Don’t fuck. Don’t masturbate. Don’t do anything with yourself (even PE) that may lead toward ejaculation.
If you ejaculate or even get close to it, PSA levels rise. These are natural and normal events in our lives, but what you don’t want is a false-positive read that will upset your health care people and provoke them to want more tests when those might be avoided.
I’ve been fortunate to have generally low reads for my age group. I want that to continue. I plan to present myself to the clinic tomorrow in a totally pure and pristine state.
Then fuck my brains out sometime after the blood draw. :) I meet with my urologist next week to review the results.
Do the test. It is not flawless, but it is one of the best tools we have in detecting prostate cancer.