PSA test for prostate cancer

Waiting for the results of a PSA test

Most of the men we talked to waited one to two weeks for the result of a PSA test, but a few waited much longer (which is now very unusual). The fastest result was available 24 hours after the blood had been taken.

While waiting for the results of the test men often felt confident that all was well. Men without symptoms who had had a PSA test as part of a routine health check were least likely to worry. 

Some men assumed that any symptoms they had were due to an infection, inflammation, or benign enlargement of the prostate, rather than cancer.

But other men felt apprehensive, particularly if they had had a previous abnormal PSA test result, or were worrying that they might have cancer. Some men found the time just before the result was due particularly difficult. A man who 'buried himself in his work and family' while waiting for his PSA results, suggested that this might have been a means of coping.

Last reviewed May 2016.
Last updated May 2016.


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