PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) home test kit

PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) home test kit

Measure the level of PSA in your blood, which helps indicate cases of prostate cancer.

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Measure the level of PSA in your blood, which helps indicate cases of prostate cancer.

What is a PSA prostate test kit?

A prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is used to test for prostate cancer in men and measures the amount of PSA in the blood. PSA is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland, and PSA circulates the blood, either in a free form, or bound to other proteins.

Levels of PSA in the blood can signal a problem in the prostate. High levels of PSA could be an indicator of prostate cancer, before any physical symptoms appear. PSA is made by the prostate gland and is found in a man’s lower abdomen. It’s located under the bladder and surrounding the urethra. Some PSA will leak into your blood, and the amount depends on your age and the health of your prostate.

The test for PSA does not prove the presence of cancer, as it does not provide enough information, but it can act as an indicator and marker of prostate health. The results can be considered when diagnosing whether the other symptoms are a cause of prostate cancer or another condition. This test is a good indicator and can influence you seeking further screening if needed.

Catching prostate cancer at the earliest possible stages is beneficial, although there is controversy over the treatment of this cancer. Treatment can have serious side effects and many men may delay using treatment until absolutely necessary.

Early warning signs of prostate cancer

There are often no warning signs of prostate cancer right away, but multiple screening procedures can detect changes that indicate prostate cancer. Some of the physical symptoms male may notice include:

  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • A frequent urge to urinate, especially at night
  • Pain on ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Decreased flow or velocity of urine stream
  • Difficulty getting an erection (erectile dysfunction)

More serious and advanced symptoms can include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Fatigue
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Back pain

Who’s at risk of prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer occurs in men, although certain factors may determine a higher risk of developing the condition. Risk factors can include old age, obesity and family history of the condition.

Stages of prostate cancer

Using this test kit and further screening results, your GP can determine not only if you have prostate cancer, but what stage you may be at. The stage represents how advanced the cancer is, making the PSA home test kit a super easy way to catch early symptoms.

Stages range from 1 to 4, based on the size of the tumour, how far or if the cancer has spread and how many lymph nodes are involved.

Prostate cancer prevention

Prostate cancer has multiple risk factors, including age, diet and other lifestyle factors. Smoking has the potential to increase your risk of prostate cancer, as well as diets having the ability to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. Certain foods in particular are known to reduce the risks of developing cancer:

  • Fish and Omega 3
  • Tomatoes
  • Soy
  • Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli)

Some evidence also suggests that the following foods may increase your risk of prostate cancer, such as:

  • Saturated fats
  • Red meat
  • Milk and diary

Exercise is another lifestyle factor that can lower your risk of developing cancer. This may be due to exercise helping reduce obesity, a big risk factor of prostate cancer and many other diseases.

Treatment

Treatment all depends on individual circumstances and how advanced the cancer is. When treatment becomes necessary for men, the aim is to cure and control how the disease affects you. Sometimes, if the cancer has already spread and advanced beyond treatment, the aim is not to cure but to prolong life.

Your doctor or specialist will help you develop a personalised treatment plan. If the cancer is non aggressive, your doctor may wish to monitor your condition, meaning your treatment will be delayed but you will have regular checkups to monitor progress.

Treatment can be serious, and some men choose to wait until absolutely necessary before choosing to go ahead.

How do I carry out this self test kit?

The kit will come equipped with detailed instructions enclosed for you to follow very carefully. This test requires a small sample of blood from a simple prick to the finger before posting it to our laboratory partners, within the safe packaging provided. We will also fill out your unique personalised form for you so you don’t have to fill anything out!

Are these home test kits safe?

Our home test kits are manufactured by an accredited facility that also facilitates other well known healthcare providers, hospitals and primary care providers around the country.

It’s important to note that we always recommend updating your doctor if you have any serious health concerns or if you are experiencing any extreme symptoms mentioned above.

Results

Results will become available 2-3 days after you send them off to the lab. Please bear in mind that delivery times also depend on Royal Mail.

The lab will get in touch with us and one of our UK registered pharmacists will call you to provide a personalised account of your results and discuss with you the next steps moving forward.

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