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Prostate cancer screening

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ProstateCheck is only available to corporate customers in the UK.

ProstateCheck the early detection prostate cancer screening programme

Are you over 40 and worried about the increasing number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK? Do you know what prostate cancer symptoms to look out for or how to get checked? ProstateHealth UK can help. The prostate cancer screening service, ProstateCheck, provides you with a three step early detection programme to give you peace of mind.

What is ProstateCheck?

ProstateCheck is a simple blood test that offers unique feedback on up to 4 biomarkers including PSA and hK2. This test is not currently available at any other private prostate cancer screening clinic in the UK. In patients with an elevated PSA, measurement of hK2 will be performed to increase the accuracy of the results and reduce the risk of unnecessary prostate biopsy.

Within 3 weeks of the ProstateCheck, we will issue the results letter. If the assessment results show you may be at high risk, you will be referred to your GP for further investigation. 

What are the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening?

Men with prostate cancer often have no symptoms and there is currently no national prostate cancer screening programme in the UK.

The evidence is that early prostate cancer detection (screening) significantly increases prostate cancer survival rates. The aim of prostate cancer screening is to detect the disease at an early stage when it is more likely to be curable and easier to treat. Having these tests can on the one hand identify a cancer that may cause problems in the future so that you can have earlier treatment; on the other hand, it may find a small low risk cancer which might never have caused you problems.

Also some men with high PSA levels are not found to have prostate cancer on biopsy. They could instead have a condition called BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), or inflammation of the prostate gland known as prostatitis, which may or may not cause symptoms. You will receive advice on this when you receive your biopsy results. There are therefore risks of over-detection and over treatment.

Know the facts and the risks?

It is better to know the facts before any prostate cancer symptoms arise. You can then make a choice as to whether you wish to be tested. Survival from prostate cancer is strongly related to the stage of the disease at diagnosis. Not all men with low risk cancers require radical treatments and early diagnosis through prostate cancer screening is likely to improve outcomes. ProstateCheck puts you in control of your own prostate health.

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.
  • Each year in the UK over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer, over 10,000 of whom die from the disease.
  • One in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • During the last 30 years the incidence of prostate cancer in men aged 40-59 has risen 6-fold.
  • Over 250,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.
  • The prognosis for prostate cancer is generally good as prostate cancer usually develops very slowly and can be treated in its early stages.
  • Treatments include removing the prostate, hormone therapy and radiotherapy.

Where can I have ProstateCheck?

You can complete our online prostate cancer risk assessment and symptomatic score at any time. Once you have done this, the practice management team will contact you to arrange your blood test appointment at a suitable clinic. Click here to find your nearest clinic. Don't worry if there isn't a clinic near you as most GP surgeries will be happy to do the blood test. We will get the blood sample picked up and sent back to our testing laboratory as long as you let us know which GP surgery you used.

Booking a prostate cancer screening appointment

If you would like to book an appointment for a ProstateCheck then please contact us and we can arrange a time and place that is convenient for you. All calls will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence and you won’t have to wait long for an appointment.

When do I get my results?

Within 3 weeks, you will receive your results letter. If your assessment results show that you are considered at high risk you will be referred to a consultant urologist for further investigation.

Need to know more?

We offer comprehensive information on prostate cancer and related diseases of the prostate including enlarged prostate and prostatitis as well as prostate cancer symptoms and risk factors. We also have a FAQ section where you can get more of your questions answered. The following brochures give more information about prostate cancer and specific details on our ProstateCheck, early detection prostate cancer screening service. Finally, if you can’t find an answer to your question, please contact us and you can speak to one of our specialists.

 

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