Some of the most dedicated doctors Bedfordshire has to offer are ready to discuss the pros and cons of having a PSA test with you. The test looks at the level of prostate-specific antigens (PSA) in the blood, which can indicate the presence of prostate cancer.
In many countries, all men over the age of 50 are recommended to have PSA test each year, but this is not the case in the UK. This is as the test is deemed to give too many false positives, i.e. instances where the test indicated cancer was present in the patient, when in fact it wasn’t.
Despite this, many people do choose to have regular PSA tests. They may opt to have them alongside a rectal exam, which can also indicate the presence of malignant tumours, or they may have the test on its own. Some people may choose to have a PSA test due to personal choice or because they have a higher than average risk.
Men at higher risk than the general population include:
- Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles your risk and men who have multiple family members affected have even higher risk. They may wish to start screening at 40.
- People of African and Caribbean heritage have a 60 per cent higher rate of prostate cancer and may wish to start screening earlier.
- Inactive people have a higher risk of prostate cancer.
- A high fat diet can contribute to your overall risk.
- Being overweight can also increase your chances of getting prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer UK has more information about the PSA test on its website to help you make your decision.