PSA Testing – Prostate cancer test
At London Doctors Clinic, we regularly see patients for PSA blood tests and 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.
Please note the cost for PSA testing is in addition to the standard consultation price starting from £89.
At London Doctors Clinic, we offer a range of PSA blood tests if you’re concerned about prostate cancer:
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) (PSPA)
£92 – Results next day
- Total PSA
£108.80 – Results next day
- Total PSA
- Free PSA
If your PSA is raised or your 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 witout delay.
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 and this is where our GPs can help you.
After taking a medical history and discussing any possible symptoms you may have, our doctors 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 a 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.
Please note the cost for a PSA test is in addition to the standard consultation price starting from £89.
These services are available at all of our 18 London Clinics including our Bank, Canary Wharf, Chislehurst, Chiswick, Esher, Fulham, Guildford, Hampstead, Islington, Kensington, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Oxford Street, St Albans, Twickenham, Victoria and Wandsworth or you can book an Online Doctor clinics.
PSA Blood Test Locations: Bank, Canary Wharf, Chislehurst, Chiswick, Esher, Fulham, Guildford, Hampstead, Islington, Kensington, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Oxford Street, St Albans, Twickenham, Victoria and Wandsworth or you can book an Online Doctor
Medically reviewed by: Dr Preethi Daniel, GP at London Doctors Clinic
Reviewed: February 2024
Next review date: February 2025