Private Prostate Screening

Prostate cancers can be aggressive and spread quickly to other areas of the body, which is why early diagnosis of the disease is vital for the best chances of survival. We specialise in private prostate screening in London and Kent, providing men with reassurance, diagnosis and advice. Same day and evening appointments available.

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Around 1 in 8 males in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetime. This may be a shocking statistic, but it is a highly treatable condition if it is caught in the early stages. Prostate cancer can be slow-developing and stay contained to the gland itself, but sometimes it can be aggressive and spread to other areas of the body, which can be a great cause for concern. This is why early detection of cancerous cells in the prostate is crucial for the increased likelihood of successful treatment of the disease; we usually see positive results when treating these types of cancers at an early stage.

Prostate cancer typically doesn’t cause any symptoms in the initial stages of the disease, symptoms start to appear when the growth is affecting the surrounding organs or spreading to other areas. This is why we urge you to get a screening if you are over the age of 50, as it is sometimes the only way to recognise and identify any abnormalities of the prostate.

We understand that it can be a difficult topic to approach, but you can avoid irreversible and life-threatening consequences by finding cancer early. We provide a prompt and efficient service to detect, diagnose and treat the disease. If you are worried that you may have prostate cancer, or fall into the high risk category, book a prostate screen with our specialist consultants today.

Available at the following clinics

Canary Wharf

0207 132 1440

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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Orpington

01689 490 111

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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Prostate screening in London and Kent

A prostate screen is recommended for all men over the age of 50. You may also be at higher risk if you are a black man or have a family history of the disease. Our prostate screening in London and Kent involves a series of tests and assessments designed to detect signs of prostate cancer.

Your prostate screen will include:

  • Consultation with Physician
  • Blood Tests: Urea and electrolytes (U&E) and prostate specific antigen (PSA)
  • Flow rate test
  • MSU – Urine analysis test
  • Prostate MRI scan
  • Specialist follow up care

If you are classed as at higher risk of developing prostate cancer, or would just like to get checked to put your mind at ease, book a prostate screening appointment with our specialist consultants at Lycahealth today. The earlier the disease is diagnosed through a prostate exam, the higher the chance of survival.

What is involved in Prostate Screening?

Your initial consultation

During your first consultation with one of our specialist physicians, you should expect to answer health-focused questions about your family history. You will then undergo a physical examination which allows our experts to better understand your health and guide any next steps.

Blood tests (including PSA screening)

We will take routine blood tests to measure your PSA level (Prostate Specific Antigen) within your blood, which is usually raised in the presence of prostate cancer. We also measure U&E levels (Urea and electrolytes) which provides essential information on renal function and kidney health.

MRI scan for prostate

We use state-of-the-art MRI scan technology to look at the prostate and surrounding organs in high definition, which allows up to see the condition and presence of any abnormalities, without the need for invasive procedures.

Flow rate test

We can perform a flow rate test that analyses the rate at which you pass urine and the amount you pass. We do this test to assess any changes you may have noticed in your usual flow of urine.

MSU test

An MSU test stands for midstream specimen of urine, which is a test that looks for infection. This can be carried out when the individual is experiencing pain when they pass urine or passing urine more frequently than normal.

Patient-focused follow up care

The results from your scans and tests are reviewed carefully by a team of specialist urological radiologists and consultants, and if there is anything that needs further investigation, they will follow it up with great precision.

Our clinicians will work with you to develop a personalised follow-up care plan relating to the results of your prostate screening. This plan may involve treatment, advice, regular tests and the monitoring of your health for months or years to follow, depending on your individual needs.

The risk of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer occurs when the cells within the prostate gland start to grow in an abnormal and uncontrolled way. It is actually common that some types of prostate cancer grow so slowly that it will not cause any problems or reduce your lifespan in any way. However, the problem comes with the more aggressive prostate cancers, which can quickly spread to other areas of the body.

Most of the time, many men with the disease do not present any noticeable symptoms that may indicate a cancerous growth on their prostate. This is why it is so important for you to determine your personal risk, and make informed decisions about approaching a medical professional for a prostate screening.

Although there is no known reason for the cause of the cancer, we do know that some personal defining factors make people have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

There are genetic, environmental and natural reasons that may increase your chances of developing prostate cancer. If you fall within a higher risk category and should look at booking an appointment for a prostate cancer test with a GP.

High risk individuals are those who:

  • Are over the age of 50 years – The risk for under 50s is very low, but it is still possible.
  • Have a family history of prostate or breast cancer – Up to 10% of prostate cancer is hereditary, so if you have a family history then a check up is advised.
  • Are black – For reasons we do not yet understand, black males are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer than other ethnicities.

Read more about the higher risk categories of prostate cancer

Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

When symptoms do appear, it is usually because of where the cancer has grown, or because the growth is large enough to affect the urethra or other surrounding organs. Males who experience symptoms may notice any of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty urinating (starting and maintaining)
  • A frequent urge to urinate (especially in the evening/night)
  • Feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied
  • Pain when urinating
  • Blood in semen
  • Blood in urine
  • Pain during ejaculation
  • Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
  • Pain or discomfort in some seated positions
  • Prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body can cause weight loss and pain in the back, hips or pelvis.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have prostate cancer; but there is a chance you may do. There are lots of different, less life threatening conditions that can affect the male reproductive system, which may be causing the symptoms. It is important that you go to get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible. Book a private prostate screen in London or Kent at one of our state-of-the-art clinics today.

The prostate is a small gland in the male reproductive system, measuring around the size of a golf ball. It is located deep inside the groin, between the base of the penis and the rectum, and just under the bladder. The prostate is not essential for life, but it is important for reproduction. It secretes a fluid which helps to make up semen, and allows the sperm to be transported outside the body during ejaculation. The gland also ensures that the sperm harvests a supportive environment, so they have the energy and ability to fertilise a woman’s egg.

There is no one single prostate cancer screening test for detecting prostate cancer in males. Checks for prostate cancer usually involves a series of blood tests, PSA tests, physical examinations, MRI scans, and sometimes a prostate biopsy.

If you are experiencing symptoms which relate to prostate cancer, do not panic. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have cancer or that it is the reason your surrounding organs are presenting abnormal symptoms. Prostatitis and BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) can present in a similar way but are not cancerous. BPH in particular affects roughly 75% of men over the age of 60. Don’t hesitate to book a prostate screening appointment near you.

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