A higher demand for prostate cancer screening has come to a head following reports that 40% of prostate cancer cases are diagnosed too late.
Did you know that some of the risk factors for prostate cancer include age, family history, race and diet? 1 in 9 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. This week, LetsGetChecked discusses the symptoms and diagnosis of prostate cancer.
- Recent Study on Prostate Cancer
- Prostate Cancer Symptoms
- The Diagnosis Process For Prostate Cancer
- How To Test For Prostate Cancer With A PSA Test
Recent Study on Prostate Cancer
The study suggests that 4 in 10 prostate cancer cases in the UK are diagnosed late. Conducted by the charity Orchid, the report found a worrying trend of late diagnosis with 37% of prostate cancer cases, which were diagnosed at stages three and four.
It’s also been reported that the amount of men dying from prostate cancer had surpassed female deaths caused by breast cancer in the UK. Based on this, the charity Orchid has called for urgent action in order to prevent a “ticking time bomb in terms of prostate cancer provision”.
On the rising cases of late diagnosis of prostate cancer, Rebecca Porta the Chief Executive said: “With prostate cancer due to be the most prevalent cancer in the UK within the next 12 years, we are facing a potential crisis in terms of diagnostics, treatment and patient care. Urgent action needs to be taken now.”
Prostate Cancer Symptoms
To raise awareness about prostate cancer, it’s important to be able to identify key symptoms to monitor. In the early stages, there can be few symptoms linked to the cancer, and due to the nature of its location a vast amount of the symptoms are linked to urination. These include:
- A slow flow of urine
- Trouble starting or stopping the flow
- Passing urine more often, especially at night
- Pain when passing urine
- Blood in the urine or semen
- Feeling of not emptying your bladder fully
The Diagnosis Process For Prostate Cancer
If urinary symptoms are evident in men, the first process of diagnosis would be undergoing a blood test known as a PSA test. This is a blood test which measures a protein made by the prostate gland called prostate specific antigen (PSA).
The level of PSA in the bloodstream can rise if you have prostate cancer. The normal level of PSA changes as you get older. If the PSA level is raised above normal for your age range it will need to be repeated after six weeks to see if it remains raised.
The results of a PSA test indicate a prostate problem, it does not specifically mean that someone has prostate cancer. If the results of a PSA test are high, the next step of the process would be to undergo a digital rectal exam, to find any abnormalities.
How To Test For Prostate Cancer With A PSA Test
LetsGetChecked offer an at home prostate PSA test, which involves taking a small blood sample with a prick of the finger. The test is available in order to help give you your peace of mind, taking the test from the comfort of your own home and receiving your results online in a matter of days, with full medical support.
Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley