Prostate Cancer Risk (PSA)
If detected early there is a very high survival percentage, but although prostate cancer strikes as many men as breast cancer does women, it lacks the same level of national awareness and research funding.
Dr Cullimore says “Prostate cancer is the most frequent cancer in men with approximately 40,000 men diagnosed in the UK yearly. It’s not known exactly what causes prostate cancer, but certain factors increase your risk of developing the disease. It mainly affects men over the age of 50, and you’re 2.5 times more likely to develop the condition if a close relative (father or brother) has been diagnosed with it. So you’re fully aware of the benefits and limitations of the test, I’d advise that you check the guidance to see if it’s right for you. It’s also worth noting this test is only appropriate for men aged 40-79. Crucially, you need to be aware that some men with prostate cancer will not have raised PSA levels – equally, raised PSA levels is not a definite indication of prostate cancer. If your PSA levels are raised, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of prostate cancer, I’d always advise you visit your GP for further investigation.”
You should not participate in sexual activity that involves ejaculation for 48 hours prior to your test nor should you participate in vigorous exercises that could also stimulate the prostate – for example cycling or horse-riding.
You should not have a PSA test if you have a Urinary Tract Infection and should not have a PSA test within 7 days of a digital rectal examination.
We also recommend you read this guidance about the PSA test to ensure you understand the benefits and limitations of the test.
All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.