Prostate
Check Plus

£59

The Prostate Check Plus blood test measures the ratio of free PSA to total PSA. When PSA is elevated this test can help distinguish between cancer and a benign condition.

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Key benefits

1

Accurate tests
from accredited laboratories

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Easy-to-use
test kits you can do at home

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Confidential results
provided securely online

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Qualified doctors
will interpret your results

Prostate Check Plus

About this test

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. 

 

Who is this test for?

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.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

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.

Tests Included

Prostate Screen

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. 

Finger-prick blood sample collection kit

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

Postage & packaging

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.

Private laboratory analysis

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.

Interpretation of results

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.

Secure online account with mymedichecks.com

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.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

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.

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