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Lockdown Life: Proactively check for prostate cancer without leaving the house

 

You’ve got the time, you’ve got the knowledge, have you got the confidence to take control of your prostate cancer checking whilst in lockdown?

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the UK1. The stats speak for themselves: Over 48,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and over 11,000 men die from the disease every year. Most of those diagnosed are over the age of 50, but not all.

The good news is that prostate cancer is curable when detected and treated early, so men really ought to become proactive prostate checkers as early as possible.

There isn’t an NHS prostate cancer screening programme in the UK, but men can access a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test from their GP from aged 50 onwards through an informed choice programme. There is no single, definitive test for prostate cancer, but as a first step, your GP will assess your risk factors and is likely to examine your prostate and take a blood sample to run a PSA test. PSA tests can find the earliest signs of cancer, meaning your cancer could be detected and treated sooner.

In this COVID-19 lockdown, NHS screening services are suspended and access to GPs is virtually impossible.

For all men who want to take charge of their own prostate check today, and particularly for men whose prostate screening has been delayed or cancelled due to the lockdown, you can initiate prostate screening at home.

Why wait to 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

Don’t wait for lockdown to lift, get a PSACheck delivered to directly to your door. 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.

Further information about Check4Cancer’s at-home PSA test for prostate screening can be found on the Check4Cancer website by clicking here.

References

  1. (2017).Prostate Cancer Statistics [online] Available at: https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/prostate-cancer#heading-Zero [Accessed 20/05/20]

 

 

 

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