Symptoms of Prostate Problems and How to Arrange a PSA Test
What are the symptoms of prostate problems?
Many men with prostate problems, including early prostate cancer, do not have any symptoms at all, so we recommend regular PSA testing for all men over the age of 50. Some people are at higher risk of prostate cancer, including black men and those with a family history of prostate cancer. People who meet these risk factors are advised to be tested regularly from the age of 45.
With that said, the following symptoms can indicate prostate problems, and if you experience them at any age, you should speak to a GP as soon as possible:
- A weak or slow urinary stream
- A feeling that you can't completely empty your bladder
- Difficulty starting urination
- The urgency to urinate - sometimes leaking
- Getting up frequently to urinate at night
- A urinary stream that starts and stops
- Burning or pain during urination
What is a PSA Test?
A PSA test is a simple blood test that checks how much prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is in your blood. It is normal to have a small amount of PSA, but if high levels are found, this can indicate a prostate problem. One possible problem is prostate cancer, although various other conditions can also cause high PSA levels.
What age should men start having prostate (PSA) checks?
As men age, the prostate naturally gets larger, which can sometimes cause problems. This is called an enlarged prostate - it is not cancer and there are ways to treat it. Men over the age of 50 should have regular PSA tests to check their prostate health.
Can I have a private Prostate (PSA) test? What are the costs?
Yes. At Your Doctor in Tring, Wexham and Henlow, we are pleased to offer private PSA blood testing. The PSA Blood Test costs £96.25, and a Consultation Fee of £69.99 is also charged for none-members. The results will usually be available the next day, and the doctor will explain them to you and discuss further treatment options if required.
Private prostate testing is available at all of our clinics:
Your Doctor Wexham: Park Hall Clinic, Wexham Park Hall, Wexham Street, Bucks SL3 6NB.
Your Doctor Tring: Health & Wellbeing Centre, Champneys Tring, Chesham Road, Wigginton, Herts, HP23 6HY.
Your Doctor Henlow: Champneys Henlow, Coach Road, Henlow, Beds, SG16 6BT.
Contact us on 0330 088 2020 to discuss your requirements further or to book an appointment.