Prostate Tumour Marker (PSA)
Measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood
What is this test?
The PSA blood test checks for prostate abnormalities, including cancer, by measuring prostate-specific antigen levels. However, it's not a conclusive diagnostic tool for prostate cancer. Elevated PSA levels may prompt further testing, like a biopsy. The PSA test has limitations, such as false positives/negatives, so healthcare providers must interpret results carefully. The decision to get a PSA test should involve an informed discussion of its benefits and limitations.
It is important to note that a PSA blood test cannot diagnose prostate cancer conclusively. A high PSA level can be a sign of prostate cancer, but it can also be caused by other conditions such as an enlarged prostate, prostatitis or urinary tract infections.
- Frequent urination, particularly at night (nocturia)
- Urgency to urinate
- Difficulty starting or stopping urination
- Weak urine flow or a hesitant, interrupted flow
- Incomplete emptying of the bladder
Blood in urine or semen:
- Presence of blood in the urine (hematuria)
- Blood in semen (hematospermia)
- Difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection
Pain and discomfort:
- Pain or discomfort during urination (dysuria)
- Pelvic pain or discomfort
- Lower back pain, especially in the area near the prostate
- Discomfort in the groin area
- Unexplained weight loss
- Fatigue or a general feeling of being unwell
- Swelling or oedema in the legs
How long does it take?
The test turnaround is 24 hours.
Type of sample
What is included in this test
Prostate biomarkers detect potential abnormalities in the prostate, such as prostate cancer or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It helps in the early detection and monitoring of prostate diseases.
The benefits of this blood test
- Check the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood marker
- Get support and advice from our GPs
- Lifestyle advice
Understanding Prostate Health
If you have a family history, are of black ethnic origin, or are overweight, your prostate cancer risk is elevated.
PSA testing is only one part of a diagnostic journey for urinary issues and pain. It's important to note that symptoms may not always indicate prostate cancer.
Tracking Prostate Treatment Efficacy
PSA levels can help monitor prostate cancer treatment success and progression.
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