Blood Test for Prostate Specific Antigen
INSTANT SELF TEST
- finger prick blood spot test
- results in minutes
- as reliable as a doctor's test
- free advice to help you use the test and interpret your results with confidence
PSA and prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in men in the UK.
Over 30,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK every year, with a third dying from the disease, the average age at diagnosis being 70 to 74 years. Over 90% of prostate cancer deaths occur in men over 65 years old and 80% of men will have some cancer cells in their prostate by the age of 80.
A family history of prostate cancer can increase your risk by a factor of 2.5 to 3.4 times.
What is Prostate specific antigen (PSA)?
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by the prostate gland in men.In prostate disease the PSA escapes from the confines of the prostate gland and enters the blood stream. The level of PSA in the blood is the best method currently available for detecting localised prostate cancer. However, PSA levels in the blood can sometimes be moderately elevated for reasons other than cancer and using a single cut-off value of around 4ng/ml for positive or negative can, in some circumstances, lead to the risk of unnecessary investigations and worry. You should therefore think carefully and consider your reasons before having a test for PSA (Prostate Cancer Risk Management, 2009 Cancer Research UK).
PSA test kit results
The PSA test kit from Health Check Shop shows whether your PSA level is;
- less than 4ng/ml (prostate cancer unlikely)
- or higher than 4ng/ml (prostate cancer is more likely but there can be other reasons for a higher than normal PSA which you should speak with your doctor about)
In independent laboratory studies our PSA test has been shown to agree with laboratory test results and is CE accredited according to Medical Device Directive 98/79EC for testing at home.
How accurate is the test?
The test has been tested in a clinical setting and found to have an accuracy of more than 96%.
- 95% of patients with no clinical signs of disease gave a negative result
- 97% of patients with clinically confirmed prostate disease gave a positive result
How does the test work?
A finger prick blood spot is required and is obtained by using the sterile automatic finger pricker provided with the test kit.
The test takes 10 minutes to complete when your result will be displayed on the test cassette as less than or greater than the cut-off of 4ng/ml of PSA.
What does the result tell me?
The test shows whether your PSA level is in the normal range or high.
PSA Test Kit
- Product Code: PSACHECK1
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- Availability: In Stock
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