Free PSA test to check for prostate cancer

24 November 2018

Spire Bushey Hospital is offering men of 45 and over a free blood test that can check for signs of prostate cancer. Over 46,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's more than 120 men every day.

The PSA tests will be carried out at Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre on Centennial Park between 9am and 12pm on Saturday 24 November.

Jay Buckley, Outpatients Manager at Spire Bushey said: “November is Men’s Health Awareness Month and were very aware of the importance of check-ups and early detection, so we are hoping the topic has been well discussed and men are now willing to ‘take the test’.

“It is quick, simple and virtually painless - all they have to do is attend at Spire Bushey Diagnostic Centre between 9am and 12pm and we’ll do the rest. There is no need to book an appointment.”

Important considerations before arriving for your test

Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is produced by healthy cells in the prostate, so it’s normal to have a small amount of PSA in your blood. Prostate problems, such as an enlarged prostate or prostatitis, can cause your PSA level to rise – but there are many other things that can affect your PSA levels.

Please take note of the list below of things that can affect your result and what to avoid before attending.

  • Urine infections – You’ll need to wait until the infection has gone – around six weeks – before you have a PSA test.
  • Vigorous exercise –  Avoid any vigorous exercise, especially cycling, in the 48 hours before a PSA test.
  • Sexual activity – Avoid any sexual activity in the 48 hours before a PSA test.
  • Prostate biopsy – If you’ve had a prostate biopsy in the six weeks before a PSA test, this could raise your PSA level.
  • Other tests or surgery – If you have a catheter or have had any tests or surgery on your bladder or prostate, you may need to wait up to six weeks before having a PSA test.

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