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.
Screening for prostate cancer is not yet routinely available. As well as our tests we offer the Prostate Specific Health Screen, which gives men the opportunity to discuss any concerns they may have about their prostate with an expert GP, and undergo a prostate examination and a PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test with same day test result.
At London Doctors Clinic, we offer a range of PSA blood tests if you’re concerned about prostate cancer:
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
£79.20 – Results in 4-6 hours
- Total PSA
£108.80, results in 4-6 hours
- Total PSA
- Free PSA
If your PSA is raised or prostate examination is abnormal, we can arrange a referral to a private urologist or contact your NHS GP so you can be seen and treated urgently.
Symptoms of an enlarged prostate:
- 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.
If you’re at all concerned about prostate cancer, it might be time to get tested, this is certainly something one of our GPs 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).
How to prepare for a PSA test
Please note that before a PSA test, it’s advised to avoid all sexual activity for at least 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.
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 21 London Clinics including our Barbican, Birmingham City, Blackfriars, Canary Wharf, Chelsea, Chislehurst, Holborn, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Manchester Airport, Marylebone, Old Street, Orpington, Oxford Street, Paddington, Twickenham, Victoria, Video Consultations, Wandsworth and Waterloo clinics.
PSA Blood Test Locations: Barbican, Birmingham City, Blackfriars, Canary Wharf, Chelsea, Chislehurst, Holborn, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Manchester Airport, Marylebone, Old Street, Orpington, Oxford Street, Paddington, Twickenham, Victoria, Video Consultations, Wandsworth and Waterloo
Medically reviewed by: Dr Preethi Daniel, GP at London Doctors Clinic
Reviewed: November 2019
Next review date: November 2022