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Details of PSA tests.

Every year over 11,000 men die of Prostate Cancer.

This is a frightening fact but if cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage, then the chances of a prolonged life expectancy or even a cure are significantly increased. We often hear stories that by the time symptoms appear, it is already too late. The PSA test is the simplest and most effective method of finding a problem with the prostate (not necessarily cancer) before it gets out of hand.

It is a simple blood test which measures the level of Prostate Specific Antigen protein. The protein is found in all men but a raised level may indicate a problem with the prostate – more often than not due to an infection or an enlarged prostate – common in older men. It cannot identify cancer directly. The test is not foolproof and can give misleading results but it is still the best test available.

The PSA test is not currently part of the NHS national screening programme – partly based on outdated data that showed many men went on to have unnecessary biopsies which, in themselves,  could cause complications and further distress. These days a simple MRI scan will filter out patients who really need further treatment. Nevertheless, every man over the age of 50 is entitled to a free PSA test from their GP – you just need to ask!

It is recognised that medical problems in the area of the prostate do not feature highly in men's conversation, nor are they likely to be discussed with their GP especially without symptoms, so the NMPCS (in conjunction with the Cancer charity PCaSO) are pleased to offer the same test in more friendly and sociable surroundings. The events are run by men affected by Prostate Cancer and their wives/partners so there is ample opportunity to ask questions and hopefully put your mind at ease.

The test is offered to men aged between 50 and 79, or from 45 if there is a history of Prostate Cancer in close family members or if of Afro-Caribbean descent. We normally offer 2 or 3 testing sessions each year. Blood samples are taken by trained phlebotomists and are sent to the Pathology Laboratory at Dorset County Hospital for analysis. The analysis for each man is reviewed by a qualified Urologist who writes directly to him, usually within a week. The Urologist includes a recommendation to continue testing on a regular basis or to consult a GP for further investigations.

Tests are offered free of charge although a small donation to the Support Group is always appreciated.

Testing days in South and West Dorset are:-

            Saturday, 1st June 2019 at Weymouth Pavilion
            Saturday, 2nd November 2019 at the United Church, Bridport

Please contact us for further information or, if you would like to attend one of our testing days, booked appointments will be available two weeks prior to each event.