Looking to get a PSA Test in Bebington?
Prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer in men with over 40,000 men per year being diagnosed. Men over 50 are at an increased risk of prostate cancer therefore its a good idea to get tested. If you are looking to get a PSA Test in Bebington then look no further than The Pharmacy – we provide PSA screening to ensure that more men get tested early.
Early detection of prostate cancer may lead to better treatment outcomes. A PSA test can give you an idea about whether you may have prostate cancer, before any symptoms develop.
What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
- Having to wee more frequently, often at night
- Rushing to the toilet
- Difficulty in starting to wee
- Straining or taking a long time when weeing
- Weak flow
- Feeling like the bladder is not fully empty
What is PSA?
PSA is a protein found in the prostate. When there is a problem with the prostate, such as cancer, the PSA can leak out into the bloodstream. PSA can also be detected when a person does not have cancer.
What is a PSA Test?
For the pharmacy PSA test you will supply a finger-prick blood sample and the pharmacist will test to see if there is PSA present in the blood.
Who can have a PSA Test?
Men over the age of 50 years. Some men are at a greater risk of prostate cancer and may be more inclined to get their PSA tested. This includes: • Black men • Overweight or obese men • Men with a family history of prostate cancer • Men with a family history of breast cancer in close female relatives, particularly if the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene were involved.
How to prepare for a PSA Test?
To have a PSA test you should not have:
- A current urine infection
- Ejaculated in the last 48 hours
- Heavily exercised in the last 48 hours
- Had a prostate biopsy in the last six weeks
A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test can be used to provide you with information about whether you may be a risk of prostate cancer
It is important to make an informed choice if you’re considering having a PSA test and you should make sure you are aware of the benefits of having the test and any risks or limitations associate with the test. Our pharmacist will discuss this with you at the time of the test.
What will happen in the Pharmacy PSA test?
A sample of blood will be taken from your finger and put on to the testing device. After ten minutes the test will tell you whether PSA is present in your blood or not.
Will the pharmacy PSA test tell me if I have prostate cancer?
No. The pharmacy test does not diagnose prostate cancer. The pharmacy test detects the presence of PSA in the blood. PSA can be present when a person has prostate cancer or could indicate other conditions.
What will happen if PSA is detected in my blood?
If PSA is detected during the test the pharmacist will refer you to your GP for further investigation.
What will happen if PSA is not detected in my blood?
If PSA is not detected in your blood there is no reason to visit your GP unless you have any symptoms of concern. In this case you could have another pharmacy PSA test 12 months later to check there has been no change in your PSA levels.
How much will the test cost?
The cost of this service is £12 per test.
To find out more about getting a PSA Test in Bebington please contact us.