Author: Farhad Nowzari MD

What you Should Know about PSA Testing

PSA Testing in Torrance, CA

What is PSA Testing?

PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen. PSA is a chemical made by the prostate, which is secreted into the semen. However, small amounts of PSA find their way into the blood. A PSA test is a blood test that is done in a lab or hospital.

Your well-being matters, and staying proactive about your health is the key to a vibrant life. At Urology of South Bay Medical Clinic, we’re committed to helping you achieve optimal health and peace of mind.

Discover the power of PSA testing – a simple yet vital tool in the early detection of prostate issues. Our experienced and compassionate team is here to guide you every step of the way, providing expert insights and personalized care that you can trust. Call (310) 921-1100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nowzari today.

What is PSA Testing Used for?

PSA testing is often used as a prostate cancer test, but it’s normal to have a small amount of PSA in your blood. Because many factors can affect PSA levels, Dr. Nowzari is the best person to interpret your PSA test results. If the PSA test is outside a normal range, we may recommend a biopsy to find out if you have prostate cancer.


How is PSA Testing Performed?

Before your PSA test, we will discuss your medical history and make sure you are comfortable with the process. A small amount of blood will be taken from a vein in your arm and sent to a laboratory to measure your PSA levels.

What do PSA Levels Mean?

The amount of PSA may be higher in men who have prostate cancer or an infection or inflammation of the prostate. If your PSA levels are outside the normal range, you may also be offered a digital rectal examination or some urine tests.

Why use PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer?

Because it is uncommon to have early warning signs of prostate cancer, it can go undetected for years. Without regular screening, it is difficult to determine if you have prostate cancer. However, an elevated PSA level does not mean prostate cancer, it may only suggest that something is affecting the prostate gland causing it to rise.

Some early warning signs of prostate cancer may include:

  • A tumor growing and exerting pressure on the urethra, blocking the flow of urine from the bladder
  • Changes in urination
  • Pain during urination
  • Blood in the urine

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Empower yourself with knowledge, early detection, and expert care. Urology of South Bay Medical Clinic is here for you every step of the way! Call (310) 921-1100 to schedule your consultation today!

Can BPH Be Prevented?

Can BPH Be Prevented?

Men find that as they get older, certain parts of their bodies get larger. Think stomach and prostate gland. We could go on, but you get the picture. A man’s prostate gland can change from the size of a walnut up to as large as an orange, which is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). When this happens later in life, it causes symptoms and sometimes complications. Can BPH be prevented?

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How Sexual Dysfunction Affects Your Marriage

It is difficult enough to maintain a happy marriage with financial worries, children, and both spouses working full-time jobs. Add in sexual dysfunction and your life can be turned upside down. Whether you are in a long-term relationship or married for many years, how sexual dysfunction affects your marriage is up to the parties involved. Let’s look at the best ways to handle this common issue.

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The Best Foods For Prostate Health

The prostate gland is an integral part of the male reproductive system. About the size of a walnut, it continues to change and grow during a man’s lifetime. Maintaining prostate health should be of maximum importance to all men if they want to lead a long and healthy life.

Let’s look at three medical issues that can arise as a result of the prostate gland, and some recommendations for the best foods for prostate health.

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How Is An Enlarged Prostate Diagnosed?

The prostate is a small, muscular gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It slowly swells as a man gets older, squeezing the urethra and limiting the flow of urine. An enlarged prostate is known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or BPH.

Accompanying symptoms can be mild to severe and usually get worse over time. Diagnosis helps to rule out other more serious conditions and can help to manage the symptoms and treat the condition.

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