PROSTATE PROBLEMS AND THE PSA TEST
1 in every 2 men will have a health problem with their prostate at some stage of their lives. It could be an infection, enlargement or cancer. 1 in every 8 men will develop prostate cancer and those of African-Caribbean origin and those with a family history of the disease are 2 to 3 times more at risk.
PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen, it is a simple blood test that measures the amount of antigen, produced by the prostate, entering the blood.It is NOT a direct test for cancer, a moderately raised reading can be an indicator of a prostate problem, a high reading should trigger further tests to determine if there is a need for any treatment. Some leading clinicians believe all men over 50 should know their PSA and have regular yearly tests. Swedish researchers say PSA testing evry man aged 45-49 would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths.
Without screening, around 42,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It is now the leading cancer found in men. Almost 11,000 men die of this disease annually, one every 48minutes. Caught at the early stages, cure rates are dramatically improved with over 80% success. General symptoms of problems with the prostate are, frequent need to urinate especially at night, slow flow, bursting to urinate, difficult, painful, stop/start and dribbling or blood in the urine.
PSA Testing event
Date: Saturday 7 September 2019 10am to 4pm
Place: Guild Care Centre, Methold House, Gordon Road entrance, Worthing BN11 1DU
Booking a PSA test -
age range is 40 to 75 however if a man is between 75 and 80 with symptoms or concerns then we will test.
Either you or your partner/wife can phone for an appointment time.
Tel: 0845 650 2555
or website www.psatesting.org/worthing
We take bookings for ‘groups’ of men every half hour. Please advise , if you prefer a morning or afternoon appointment time.
Before the test
For at least 48 hours before the test day you should avoid any vigorous exercise, in particular bike riding, running, gym workout, any of these can stimulate the prostate and cause a falsely elevated reading. Normal walking is ok, but anything which could stimulate the prostate (which is a sex gland) should be avoided. This includes sex.
Taking the test
On arriving at the event, you will need to check-in and will be given a number with a ‘consent form’ to fill in and some information to read about the test.
When your ‘number’ is called you will go through to see one of our nurses who will take a sample of blood from a vein in your arm, this will be sent to a laboratory for analysis and the result posted to you.
Further information available on PCaSO website - www.pcaso.org