Problems With The Prostate And The PSA Test

Problems With The Prostate And The PSA Test

PCaSO (Prostate Cancer and Support Organisation) supported by Mark Masonry of Sussex are offering an afternoon of FREE PSA Tests. 1 in every 2 men will have a health problem with their prostate at some stage of their lives. It could be an infection, enlargement or cancer. 1 in every 8 men will develop prostate cancer and those of African-Caribbean origin and those with a family history of the disease are 2 to 3 times more at risk.

PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen; it is a simple blood test that measures the amount of antigen, produced by the prostate, entering the blood. It is not a direct test for cancer; a moderately raised reading can be an indicator of a prostate problem, a high reading should trigger further tests to determine if there is a need for any treatment. Some leading clinicians believe all men over 50 should know their PSA and have regular yearly tests. Swedish researchers say PSA testing every man aged 45–49 would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths.

Without screening, around 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It is now the leading cancer found in men. It was recently announced that prostate cancer kills more men than breast cancer kills women. Almost 11,000 men die of this disease annually, one every 48 minutes. Caught in the early stages, cure rates are dramatically improved with over 80% success. General symptoms of problems with the prostate are frequent need to urinate especially at night; bursting to urinate, slow flow, difficult, painful; stop/start and dribbling, or blood in the urine.

The free PSA testing will be at: The Normandy Masonic Centre, Denne Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1JF on Saturday 23rd June 2018

The testing will be conducted by trained personnel and phlebotomy nurses taking blood from a vein in the arm, this will be analysed at a laboratory and the result posted to you in around 10 days.

It is essential to book an appointment time by phoning: 0845 650 2555