PSA Testing – Prostate Cancer Test
At London Doctors Clinic, we regularly see patients for PSA blood tests or other enquiries about prostate health. Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for men, especially those over the age of 50. Symptoms of an enlarged prostate include:
- Nocturia – frequently having to urinate during the night
- Urinary hesitancy – difficult in beginning the process of urinating
- Weak urine flow, or poor stream
- Straining when urinating
- Sensation of the bladder not being fully emptied
However, an enlarged prostate may be completely harmless, known as benign prostatic hyperplasia. It must also be stressed that prostate cancer can be difficult to diagnose, although there are a few exams and tests that may indicate prostate cancer, they are not highly sensitive or specific. This means the tests can give both false positives and negatives, thus causing unnecessary stress, or not accurately flagging up an existing issue.
However, if you’re at all concerned about prostate cancer, this is certainly something a GP can help you with. After taking a medical history and discussing possible symptoms with the patient, a doctor will likely recommend a digital rectal examination (DRE) and a PSA blood test (prostate-specific antigen). A raised PSA level is not necessarily just an indicator of prostate cancer – it may instead be indicative of an benign enlarged benign prostate or prostatitis (infected or inflamed prostate).
Please note that before a PSA test, it’s advised to avoid all sexual activity for at 48-hours before the test. This is because ejaculation can cause PSA levels to rise temporarily, which may distort the PSA test values. It’s best to avoid strenuous physical activity for this 48-hour period too, since this may also affect true PSA tests.
At LDC, we offer a couple of different PSA blood tests for those concerned about prostate cancer:
- Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) – £79.20, results in 4-6 hours
- Total PSA
- Prostate Profile – £108.80, results in 4-6 hours
- Total PSA
- Free PSA
Should the GP be concerned by any symptoms or results, they can provide a private referral to a Urology specialist for further investigation. These services are available at all of our 12 London Clinics including our Blackfriars, Canary Wharf, Holborn, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Oxford Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo clinics.
PSA Blood Test Locations: Barbican, Blackfriars, Canary Wharf, Holborn, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Oxford Street, Old Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo.