Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: Definition & Procedure


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How is the prostate-specific antigen test performed?

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1. What is one method to detect prostate cancer, used in conjunction with the prostate-specific antigen test?

2. Which of the following is NOT a way in which the prostate-specific antigen test could produce a false positive result?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is used to help diagnose prostate cancer, which is the most common form of cancer affecting men. The questions in this quiz will gauge your understanding of PSA testing procedures as well as other methods for detecting prostate cancer.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will assess your knowledge of the following:

  • Procedures for diagnosing prostate cancer
  • Reasons for false-positive test results
  • How the PSA works
  • Who should have the PSA test

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet gives you the opportunity to test your competence with the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about PSA testing procedures
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast different methods and procedures for identifying prostate cancer in male patients
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding false-positive PSA test results

Additional Learning

For more information about the PSA test, check out the accompanying lesson called Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: Definition & Procedures. You'll learn about:

  • Antigens
  • Prostate cancer
  • Biopsies
  • Digital rectal exams
  • Benign and malignant tumors
  • PSA test results