02 Nov Movember 2018 | Everything you need to know about prostate screening at Randox Health
It’s Movember, one of the most important months in the calendar to help raise awareness of key health issues that affect men.
At Randox Health we want to draw particular attention to Prostate Health. That’s why throughout the month of November we’ll be offering free prostate checks from our Randox Health Clinics in Holywood, Crumlin, Liverpool and London.
A recent survey by Prostate Cancer UK reported that British men don’t know much about the prostate gland. The survey of 3,500 men, found that 92% did not know what the prostate’s role is. Also that 54% did not know where it is located in the body. In spite of the fact that prostate cancer is actually the most common cancer in men.
If you find yourself in the majority who don’t know the role of your prostate, don’t worry: Randox Health is here to give you the facts you need to know.
Prostate Facts 101:
- The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located just below the bladder
- It tends to get bigger as you get older
- Only men have a prostate.
- The prostate produces some of the fluid in semen which protects sperm
It’s not clear why it occurs but your chances of developing prostate cancer increase as you get older. The condition mainly affects men over 65 although men over 50 are also at risk.
To keep your prostate healthy and functioning properly it is important to keep an eye out for anything unusual, such as:
- Pain when urinating
- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Blood in the urine
- Frequent urinating at night
You don’t have to wait until you develop symptoms before you find out about the health of your prostate.
A Randox Health blood screen will give you a comprehensive picture of the health of your prostate. It measures Prostate Specific Antigen, produced by the prostate gland. This exists in two forms in the bloodstream – ‘bound’ (where it is attached to a protein) or ‘free’, (not attached to a protein).
Our Randox Health programmes therefore identify the following measurements:
- Total Prostate Specific Antigen (TPSA) This refers to the combined measurement of ‘free’ and ‘bound’ PSA. Increased TPSA levels may be associated with prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (a non-cancerous swelling of the prostate), prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), urinary tract infections and enlargement of the prostate that occurs with age. In addition, PSA levels may temporarily increase following ejaculation of vigorous physical activity, such as cycling.
- Free Prostate Specific Antigen (FPSA) It refers to the amount of Prostate Specific Antigen in the body that is ‘free.’ Research suggests that an FPSA value below 25%, in combination with an elevated total PSA, may indicate a higher likelihood of prostate cancer.
If you come along to our Randox Health clinic during the month of Movember for your prostate health check, we’ll test these biomarkers in your blood. Our scientists will conduct an in-depth analysis of the results, and a Randox Health consultant will provide you with peace of mind that everything is as it should be.
If any small problems are identified, don’t panic. As a result of early diagnosis it enables you to take measures to get your health back on track.
The Prostate Health biomarkers are also included in our Everyman and Signature packages. These are tested alongside over 150 other biomarkers from your blood sample This is to analyse the body as a whole, rather than focusing in isolation on one area of the body. Following the results of your health check, at a private consultation with a doctor you will be provided with a Personalised Health Plan, which is updated throughout the year.
Randox Health care about your health. Not only now but also your future health. We aim to extend your life with our packages and advanced testing. If your interested if our packages, read below:
Sign up for a Randox Health check today, to help you understand the health of your body, and of your prostate.
Contact the team today for more Information:
Tel: 0800 2545 130