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Prostate cancer can affect any man; however it is most commonly diagnosed in over 50s, and is up to three times more prevalent in men of African Caribbean descent.
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is a protein which is released into the blood by the prostate gland. An enlarged gland is often associated with higher levels of PSA. PSA levels can also rise with age, with prostatitis (inflamed prostate) or even recent vigorous exercise and ejaculation.
The PSA test in isolation is not considered by itself to be a totally accurate tool in diagnosing prostate cancer, as levels can be raised due to benign prostate disorders. Elevated levels of PSA can lead to unnecessary biopsies and intervention which may decrease quality of life. However, a raised PSA level should always be investigated further.
As a marker it is thought to be useful to monitor levels of PSA over time so that a sudden rise can be investigated.
This test is for men over the age of 50 or for men over 45 who have a family history of prostate cancer or who have a higher risk of prostate cancer e.g. because of their ethnicity. Everyone having a PSA Prostate Check should consider carefully the risks and benefits of doing so. This test is also for men who wish to monitor an already diagnosed prostate condition. If you are suffering any urinary symptoms such as difficulty in pasing urine, weak or interrupted flow, pain or the feeling that your bladder has not emptied please see your doctor.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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A PSA (prostate specific antigen) test is included in this health screen. PSA is a protein which can be elevated in prostate cancer. However, like all tumour marker tests, the PSA has limitations as it can be raised in benign conditions and even after recent ejaculation or bike riding. It can also be normal when cancer is present. The PSA test is accepted as a screening test for cancer., especially in men over the age of 50. An elevated result will require further investigation, some of which may be invasive e.g. biopsy, and may still lead to a negative result. However, a positive test gives you the chance to detect cancer early when treatment is more likely to be successful. Please make sure you think carefully about the risks and benefits of a PSA test before taking this test.
Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is a protein which is released into the blood by the prostate gland. An enlarged gland is often associated with higher levels of PSA. PSA levels can also rise with age, with prostatitis (infected prostate) or even vigorous exercise and ejaculation.
The PSA test in isolation is not to be relied upon to diagnose prostate cancer, as levels can be raised in benign prostate disorders. Raised levels of PSA can lead to unnecessary biopsies and intervention which may decrease quality of life. However, a raised PSA level should always be investigated further.
It is useful to monitor PSA over time so that any change in what is normal for you can be investigated quickly.
We will send you your Prostate Check finger-prick blood sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your Prostate Check includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Prostate Check results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Prostate Check results.
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