Prostate cancer cannot be detected for certain by your GP, but there are tests your GP can do. However there are other tests that can be undertaken by a specialist (Urologist)
A PSA test measures the level of PSA in the blood stream. PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen, which is a protein made by the prostate gland.
Doctors use the digital rectal exam DRE) as a relatively simple test to check the prostate. Because the prostate is an internal organ, your doctor cannot look at it directly. But because the prostate lies in front of the rectum, he or she can feel it by inserting a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum.
An ultrasound scan can help doctors see if there is a cancer in the prostate. The test involves inserting an ultrasound probe into the rectum. Ultrasound pictures are then taken of the Prostate Gland, which maybe used as a guide for a Prostate Biopsy.
A Prostate Biopsy lets doctors actually find out if there is anything wrong with your prostate. The test is done through the rectum, as this is the only way of getting to the Prostate. Small pieces are taken from the prostate gland and sent to the laboratory for testing.
Prostate Cancer is the leading cancer in men in the UK
The number of Prostate Cancer deaths per day in the UK
The number of NEW Prostate Cancer cases diagnosed every day
% of men surviving 10 years + after cancer diagnosis
To “RAISE THE AWARENESS” of Prostate Cancer in Wales. “EVERY MAN should have access to the treatment that is best for his cancer and his lifestyle.” Leaflets and booklets about Prostate Cancer need to be more readily available across Wales.
To provide A LINK to those seeking where to get ADVICE & GUIDANCE on Prostate Cancer as well as information on events and how to become involved, as the number of men needing care for Prostate Cancer is certain to rise in the next few years.
To improve and provide BETTER FACILITIES, information and meeting places for men and their families to discuss any queries they may have regarding their symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and lifestyle.
The PSA blood test should be at least offered as part of an annual health check for ALL men, it would then be the mans OWN choice as to whether he decides to have the health check offered to him.