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Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the UK, making it the most common cancer in men. Prostate cancer usually affects men over 50 but younger people can also be at risk.
The prostate gland is a walnut-sized gland which is found at the base of the bladder. The purpose of the prostate gland is to produce fluid which forms part of a man’s semen. Cancerous tumours can grow through your prostate and spread to other parts of the body where they may grow and form secondary tumours, this is why it’s so important to be aware of the risks of prostate cancer.
There are many ways GPs can check for signs of prostate cancer, including personal examinations.
One of the least invasive and least embarrassing ways to check for prostate cancer is a blood test often referred to as a ‘PSA test’ or Prostate Specific Antigen. If levels of PSA are raised it can be a sign of prostate cancer.
The consultant urologists at Pall Mall Medical performs IPSS, which is an International Prostate Symptom Score which includes urine and blood tests.
Mr Vijay Sangar performs the PSA and IPSS tests. He is an accredited consultant urological surgeon who provides expert comprehensive unbiased urological care. Mr Sangar specialises in conditions such prostate problems, urine infections and haematuria (blood in the urine).
The risk of prostate cancer is now so high that it’s predicted that one in seven men may develop it at some point in their lives. Catching cancer early allows treatment and minimises the risk of it spreading to other parts of the body.
|Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test||£86|
Prostate Health Check with a Consultant Urologist
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* Source: Cancer Research UK