Bye-Bye Biopsy: PSA Urine Tests

January 25, 2024

Preventative Prostate Management Just Got Easier

As we age, it is important that we keep an eye on our comprehensive health profile. For men, montotiring their PSA levels can help them get ahead of prostate problems and provide them with a peace of mind. Elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) often evoke concern and anxiety in many men, leading to an immediate association with prostate cancer. While an elevated PSA may indeed indicate prostate cancer, it is crucial to recognize that other factors can contribute to elevated PSA levels. In instances where a positive biopsy confirms the presence of cancer, a vigilant monitoring approach may be adopted instead of treatment.

Introducing Select MDX

Traditionally, prostate MRIs have been instrumental in guiding decisions regarding the necessity of a prostate biopsy. However, contemporary advancements include genetic tests such as Select mdx, a urine test that assesses three specific genes alongside patient risk factors like age, PSA levels, and prostate size. This test computes a risk score, indicating whether an individual is at a low or high risk of clinically significant prostate cancer—cancer that requires treatment. Notably, Select mdx has demonstrated efficacy in reducing unnecessary MRI scans and prostate biopsies. It can be employed both as a preemptive measure before opting for a prostate MRI and as a follow-up after an MRI yields equivocal results.

Concerned About PSA Levels?

Worrying about your PSA levels can be stressful, which can actually exacerbate the problem. The quickest way to lower PSA levels is to keep tabs on your diet, exercise regimen, and stress levels. Abstaining from alcohol or lowering your consumption of alcohol is also recommended when trying to lower PSA levels naturally. Austin Urology Institute has a suite of solutions to PSA problems. From health and wellness to medications and monitoring, we are here to provide our patients with much-needed peace of mind when it comes to their prostate. Schedule an appointment with us today!