What is Prostate Cancer?
The test for prostate cancer couldn’t be easier. The prostate makes a thick white fluid that mixes with sperm to make semen. It also makes a protein called PSA or prostate specific antigen. This PSA protein turns semen into liquid. Prostate cancer happens when the normal cells in the prostate gland change and grow to form a mass of cells called a tumour. Prostate cancer can be cured or kept under control as long as it is diagnosed before it can spread to the rectum or other organs.
The LetsGetChecked Test For Prostate Cancer
A prostate cancer test does not have to be difficult or inconvenient. Some people don’t have the time or desire to wait in line at a clinic or get an in-person examination from their doctor, especially if the person in question is not experiencing symptoms to begin with.
LetsGetChecked can remove the necessity of visiting a doctor by offering a PSA test that customers can perform themselves at home. The test is just as accurate as any PSA test performed by a doctor or clinic.
Step By Step PSA Testing
Your Test Kit includes:
- Returnable test box
- Sample collection instructions
- Anonymised patient ID
- Blood sample collection tube
- Finger prick lancets
- Plasters & alcohol wipes
- Bio-hazard sample bag
- Prepaid return envelope
Wash your hands with warm soapy water before you begin. Warm hands will make it easier to collect your sample.
Prick Your Finger Using The Provided Lancet
The best location for collecting is from the 3rd or 4th finger on your non-dominant hand. Clean your selected finger using the alcohol wipe provided and then dry with a tissue.
To prick your finger, you need to position the lancet on the rounded end of your finger, and press down. While some may be squeamish about drawing blood, this device only creates a minuscule piercing of the skin which is virtually painless, so there’s no need to worry.
Fill The Blood Collection Tube
Gently squeeze your finger to help the blood flow into the collection tube. If you’re unable to collect enough to fill the tube, just use another lancet on another finger.
Once completed, apply the provided plaster to your finger.
Return Your Sample By Prepaid Post
Once you’ve collected your blood sample, place the tube inside the bio-hazard bag and place the bag back in the testing kit box. Package the box in the supplied return envelope, and send back to our laboratory partners as soon as possible.
Check your results privately online
A few days later, you will be able to login to a secure web portal to view your results.
If you test positive, LetsGetChecked’s nursing support team will contact you and provide a same day consultation within a private clinic. You will be seen by a specialist doctor and the required treatment will be prescribed.
Does This Test Tell Me If I Have Prostate Cancer?
No. This test measures the amount of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in your blood. This is a protein produced by both normal and cancerous prostate cells. If your sample shows a raised level, it may indicate a problem with your prostate but does not mean that you have prostate cancer. This test simply indicates whether you are showing signs of possible prostate cancer, in which case you will redirected to a private clinic.
This PSA test is one of your first line of defences in the early detection of prostate cancer. Given that prostate cancer is the second most common cancer found in men in Europe, and this month is ‘Prostate Cancer Awareness Month’, why not make today the day you take that step forward and get yourself checked.
Read more about Collecting Your Samples.
Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley