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Prostate Cancer Screening involves PSA testing and rectal examination.

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Prostate Cancer Screening PSA and Rectum Examination and Consultation

Overview

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a common type of cancer in men, often growing slowly and initially confined to the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. However, while some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or even no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly.

When Screening is Recommended

Screening for prostate cancer is typically recommended for men between the ages of 55 and 69, with the decision to undergo screening being a personal one based on a discussion with a doctor about the risks and benefits*1*. The American Urological Association and the American Cancer Society recommend that people be informed about the potential benefits and risks of prostate cancer screening.

Overview of Screening Available

Prostate cancer screening typically involves a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) blood test and a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE). The PSA test measures the level of PSA in the blood, a substance made by the prostate that can be higher in men who have prostate cancer. The DRE involves a doctor inserting a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel the surface of the prostate through the bowel wall.

Key Takeaways

  • Prostate cancer is a significant health concern for men, particularly as they age.
  • Screening is recommended for men aged 55 to 69, with decisions made on an individual basis.
  • The screening includes a PSA test and a Digital Rectal Examination (DRE).
  • Costs for PSA testing in the UK range from £100 to £150, including the appointment fee.
  • Insurance may cover screening costs, and self-pay options are available.
  • Complications of prostate cancer can include urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
  • Treatment options vary and can include active surveillance, surgery, and chemotherapy.
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Typical Costs & Insurance

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Prostate Screening?

Prostate screening is a medical process involving a PSA blood test and a Digital Rectal Examination to detect early signs of prostate cancer.

What is the purpose of a PSA test?

The PSA test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen in the blood, which can be an indicator of prostate cancer.

How important is the Digital Rectal Examination?

The Digital Rectal Examination is crucial for feeling abnormalities in the prostate that might indicate cancer.

What should I expect during the prostate screening process?

Expect a consultation, a PSA blood test, and possibly a DRE, with further tests if results are abnormal.

Can I get screened for prostate cancer without insurance?

Yes, self-pay options are available for prostate cancer screening.

Further Information

Condition Related Concerns

Prostate cancer can lead to various complications, including urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Moreover, PSA screening may find very slow-growing prostate cancers that would never threaten someone's life, leading to treatments that are not needed and can cause side effects.

Causes of the Condition

The exact cause of prostate cancer is unclear, but risk factors include age, family history of prostate or breast cancer, obesity, and race.

Treatment Approaches

Treatment options for prostate cancer depend on various factors, including the stage of the cancer, overall health, and personal preferences. They may include active surveillance, radiation therapy, hormone therapy, surgery, or chemotherapy.

Service Overview

Our Prostate Cancer Screening service offers a comprehensive approach to early detection, including a PSA test and a DRE. This service aims to detect prostate cancer at an early stage when it's most treatable, providing peace of mind and facilitating early intervention if necessary.

Step-by-Step Guide to the Treatment

The screening process begins with a consultation to discuss your medical history and any symptoms. This is followed by a PSA blood test, which measures the level of PSA in your blood. If the PSA level is high, a DRE is performed, where the doctor inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to feel the prostate. If these tests suggest prostate cancer, further investigations such as a biopsy may be recommended.

References

  1. "Prostate Cancer - Screening." Cancer.net. https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/prostate-cancer/screening
  2. "Prostate Cancer Screening - Houston, TX." MD Anderson Cancer Center. https://www.mdanderson.org/prevention-screening/get-screened/prostate-cancer-screening.html
  3. "Prostate Cancer: Screening." U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/prostate-cancer-screening
  4. "What Is Screening for Prostate Cancer?" Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/basic_info/screening.htm
  5. "Prostate Cancer Screening." American Academy of Family Physicians. https://www.aafp.org/family-physician/patient-care/clinical-recommendations/all-clinical-recommendations/cw-prostate-cancer.html

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