Prostate cancer is currently the most common cancer in men in the UK (not including non-melanoma skin cancer) counting for almost a quarter of all cancers diagnosed in men. As men get older their prostate gland often enlarges. This is usually not due to cancer but a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. The symptoms of growths in the prostate are similar whether they are non-cancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).
- Having to rush to the toilet to pass urine
- Passing urine more often than usual, especially at night
- Difficulty passing urine, including straining to pass it or stopping and starting
- A sense of not being able to completely empty the bladder
- Pain when passing urine
- Blood in the urine or semen
Screening for prostate cancer is a combination of a blood test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) and a rectal examination to feel the prostate.
- PSA testing
PSA stands for prostate specific antigen. This is a substance made by normal and cancerous prostate cells and released into the bloodstream. The level of PSA in your blood may go up in prostate cancer because more PSA leaks into the bloodstream from the cancerous cells. PSA levels also go up as you get older and if you have a benign (non cancerous) enlarged prostate. So the PSA test is not a specific test for cancer.
- Rectal Examination
By inserting a finger into the rectum your doctor is able to examine the prostate. It is examined for overall size and for any nodules which could be cancerous
Prostate cancer screening
Total cost £200 (free with Asclepius membership)
What is included:
- 30 minutes GP appointment
- Urine dipstick for blood/protein/glucose
- PSA blood test
Please book on-line or use our live chat to make an enquiry and arrange your prostate screening.