Prostate cancer screening during lockdown: manage your health at home

With a third national lockdown underway in the UK, access to essential healthcare services are once again limited and facing worrying backlogs following the 2020 restrictions. Combined with immense pressure on the NHS, it has never been more important to take control of your own health. Cancer screening saves lives by detecting the disease at an early stage; however, thousands have already missed appointments due to the pandemic. At-home screening is a quick and simple solution.

Prostate cancer is currently the most common cancer for men in the UK.¹ Every year, over 48,000 men are diagnosed with the disease and over 11,000 men die. Yet, when diagnosed at its earliest stage, all (100%) people with prostate cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around 1 in 2 (49%) people when the disease is diagnosed at the latest stage.1 In addition, prostate cancer survival has tripled in the last 40 years in the UK, likely due to PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) testing. Since prostate cancer is curable when detected and treated early, the importance of men proactively checking their prostate can’t be understated.

Whilst there isn’t an NHS prostate cancer screening programme in the UK, the informed choice prostate cancer management programme offers healthy men aged 50+ the chance to chat to their GP about PSA testing. PSA tests can find the earliest signs of cancer so it can be treated sooner. Under normal circumstances a GP would likely assess your risk factors, examine your prostate and take a blood sample to run a PSA test. But with nationwide restrictions severely limiting GP access, other options are vital.

If you have been unable to access prostate screening from your GP during lockdown or, if you’re aged 40+, become a proactive prostate checker and get a PSACheck delivered to your door.

Don’t hesitate, check your prostate: 

  1. Order your PSACheck online
  2. Complete a symptomatic and risk assessment questionnaire
  3. Take a blood sample and freepost to the laboratory
  4. Receive results within one week

Check4Cancer’s PSACheck is a finger prick blood test for Free and Total PSA.

Here’s how it works: Your PSA level is measured in a finger-prick blood sample that you take at home. If the PSA is elevated for your age, further investigation will usually involve a multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) scan, a specialised scan that can help decide whether a prostate biopsy is required and, in those patients who do require biopsy, the MRI scan can help target the suspicious area accurately. If your results are abnormal, we’ll call you to ensure you’re clear on next steps. Whether you choose to continue under private healthcare or via your NHS GP, you will have the information required to access the next stage of diagnosis and treatment as needed.

Available now, for men aged 40+. You don’t need to wait until you’re 50+. Cancer doesn’t wait and early detection is the key to cure.

Reference

  1. (2017).Prostate Cancer Statistics [onlinehttps://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/prostate-cancer#heading-Zero">https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/prostate-cancer#heading-Zero [Accessed 11/01/20]