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The PSA (or prostate-specific antigen) blood test is a blood test used specifically to screen for prostate cancer. PSA is a protein produced by tissues in the prostate and it is normal to have a certain level of PSA present in your blood. However, elevated levels of PSA can be an indicator for prostate cancer. A simple blood test for PSA will show if there is a need for further testing for prostate cancer.
Prostate specific antigen levels can also be raised by other conditions so we advise that if you have a PSA test and the results are higher than average, that you follow this up with further testing which Summerfield Healthcare will assist you in providing.
PSA is a naturally occurring protein that is produced by the prostate gland and can be raised by both benign (non-cancerous) and cancerous conditions. Some of this protein leaks into the bloodstream, making it measurable with a blood test. How much PSA enters the bloodstream is decided by factors such as age and the size and health of your prostate.
PSA is measured in nanogram per millilitre of blood (ng/ml) and if you are aged 50-69 a “normal” PSA is considered anything below 3ng/ml. This number is lower for younger men and higher for older men, but men usually start to consider PSA testing when they enter their 50s.
Although elevated prostate specific antigen levels could be a sign of prostate cancer, other conditions could be causing it, many being benign or treatable. Some of the more common reasons for an elevated PSA include:
You should also be aware that prostate cancer does not always cause an elevated PSA. Up to 15% of prostate cancers are not detected by PSA blood tests so we always recommend a further GP consultation if you are worried about having prostate cancer symptoms.
Before you have your PSA blood test, your clinician will want to speak to you about possible causes of elevated PSA and what the results of your test could mean. It is important to remember that the results do not always point to cancer. If your result shows elevated PSA then our clinicians will be able to arrange further testing to help diagnose the cause of the elevated PSA and the best course of treatment if necessary.
As far as detecting elevated PSA levels, the test is completely reliable. However, in detecting prostate cancer the test is not 100% definitive.
About 75% of men with raised PSA levels will not have cancer.
Around 15% of prostate cancers are missed in a PSA blood test as the cancer had not caused an elevated PSA level.
Most men start to get concerned about their prostate from around 50, but we encourage you to get it checked at any time. Some factors increase your chances of getting prostate cancer, in which case you may want to get a blood test earlier to give you peace of mind. Some of these factors include:
You may also want to check for prostate cancer if you have a weaker urine flow, a more urgent need to release your bladder, or a feeling that your bladder is never fully empty.
The procedure is a simple blood test where a needle is used to extract a small amount of blood from your arm. It won’t take long and you are able to leave our clinic immediately after.
To ensure accurate results, we do ask that before you come in for the test you:
Although we are a private healthcare provider, our priority is you and your health. That’s why we are committed to giving you excellent healthcare at affordable prices.
Our PSA blood test costs £73 and this is carried out by our nurse team.
You do not need a referral to book a test but you can book a follow up private GP consultation if you would like to discuss your prostate specific antigen blood test results with one of our experienced GPs. (Please note this attracts a separate fee).
We offer fatigue profile blood tests in Birmingham so you can conveniently book around your location and schedule.
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
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Paul has worked for a number of NHS and Private Healthcare providers over the years and joined Summerfield Healthcare in 2015.
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