PSA Testing

Prostate Specific Antigen test – it is better to know

psa-testingA prostate specific antigen test is a good indicator of any inflammation of the prostate. You should consider a baseline test over 40 years of age and especially if there is history of cancer in your family. 

You should consider regular testing following. In order to conduct the test in the most accurate way, please avoid ejaculation for 48 hours prior to your blood test.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men. In 2008 there were 338,000 people in the UK diagnosed with prostate cancer, a third of the number of people with the cancer worldwide.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of death by cancer in the UK. The main factor which increases the likelihood of developing prostate cancer is age.

 

Early symptoms of prostate cancer are varied and unspecific but can include:

1   Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine
2   Difficulty in passing urine
3   Passing urine more often, especially at night
4   Blood in urine or semen (rare)

 


If you have a family history of prostate cancer or are over 40, you should consider regular checks of your prostate which can include examination, a blood test for prostate specific antigen, ultrasound and biopsy (where there are clinical signs).