PSA is a protein which is produced by the prostate gland. Most of the PSA which is released into the bloodstream is bound to proteins, however, a proportion of PSA is not bound ("free") A lower ratio of "free" to total PSA can be indicative of prostate cancer.
Knowing this ratio can be a useful factor in identifying the early signs of prostate cancer as it helps to differentiate between raised PSA levels due to a benign prostatic hypertrophy (an enlarged prostate) and prostate cancer.
The Prostate Check Plus blood test is for men who are experiencing the common symptoms of prostate cancer, or who may be at higher risk due to their age, ethnic origin, or family history.
It is also a useful follow-up to an elevated PSA test and can indicate whether further investigation (such as a biopsy) is necessary. However, it is also possible to have a normal PSA result and an abnormal ratio of free to total PSA. For this reason we recommend the Prostate Check Plus as our standard prostate test. Annual testing is recommended for all men over 40 years old.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
View results securely in your own personal dashboard.
Please see your doctor if you are suffering any unusual symptoms which persist - do not use these tests to self-diagnose. Tumour markers are most useful when viewed in conjunction with a clinical examination. Results do not constitute a diagnosis of cancer and markers are often tested to monitor treatment when cancer has already been diagnosed, or to check that it has not returned. Cancer markers can be elevated in benign conditions and results often produce false positives. Sometimes tumour markers can be normal even though cancer is present.
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.
This test measures the amount of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) which is not bound to proteins in your blood. Examining the relationship between bound and unbound (free) PSA can help distinguish between Prostate Cancer and benign prostate disease when total PSA is raised or borderline.
PSA is a protein which is produced by the prostate gland. Most of the PSA which is released into the bloodstream is bound to proteins, however, a proportion of PSA is not bound ("Free") A lower ratio of "Free" to Total PSA can be indicative of Prostate Cancer.
Knowing this ratio can be a useful factor in identifying the early signs of Prostate Cancer as it helps to differentiate between raised PSA levels due to a benign prostatic hypertrophy (an enlarged prostate) and Prostate Cancer.
We will send you your Prostate Check Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus 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 Plus results.
Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.