All prostate problems can have a significant impact on quality of life, and most men over the age of 50 will develop some form of prostate disease.
Benign (non-cancerous) conditions are likely to mean you have symptoms which bother you, and you should see your GP about them or ask to be referred to a urologist.
Prostate cancer may or may not manifest itself in the same way. Often the disease can be fairly advanced before you notice any symptoms at all. While unusual in men under 50, it becomes more common with increasing age. However, we do see younger men in their forties who are suffering from the disease. We believe it’s important to identify prostate cancer at an early stage.
You should understand the significance and limitations of the PSA test.
- Discussion with one of our expert nursing and/or medical team about prostate health and the pros and cons of various tests
- International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) questionnaire
- PSA blood test
- Physical examination (digital rectal examination): the physician will feel your prostate gland with a gloved finger
- Urinary flow test
- Ultrasound scan of your bladder (residual urine)
- Review of immediate findings and recommended lifestyle changes
- Written report
Do I need any special preparation?
You do not need to fast for the PSA blood test. We recommend that you arrive with a comfortably full bladder, so that we can accurately assess your urinary flow rate.
When will I know the results?
The PSA result takes around five hours to come through, so ideally you should have this test done during the week before your consultation. You should receive a written report within a week or so.
How much will it cost?
The fully inclusive cost is £350, payable on the day of attendance. Health screening is not normally covered by health insurance policies.