Q. What does a PSA level of 1. 2 ng/mL mean in a 63-year-old male?

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Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 08, 2022

Hello doctor,

I have a question about the free PSA percentage test. I am 67 years old and just had my annual fasting and urinalysis examination last week. I am not on any medication, and my results were all normal.

My total PSA was 1.2 ng/mL, but my free percentage PSA was 17 %.

Kindly explain this.

Thank you.



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Your age is 67 years, and your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is between 0.9 to 1.2 ng/mL, and it is normal. The free total PSA ratio is created to differentiate between chronic prostatitis and prostate cancer for those who have PSA above 4 ng/mL and below 10 ng/mL to avoid unnecessary prostate biopsies. So you should not worry about it. After the age of 50 prostate starts to enlarge, and it can cause symptoms. Any patient with PSA above 1.4 ng/mL should have PSA checked every six months on follow-up, and if it is below 1.4 ng/mL, then they should have PSA done once a year on the follow-up.

If you have any more queries, please let me know.

Thank you.

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