PSA Test - Verisana Lab

PSA Test

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With the PSA Test you can determine your risk of prostate diseases by testing your PSA level.

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is produced by the prostate gland. A high PSA level can be a sign of prostate cancer, a non-cancerous condition such as prostatitis, or an enlarged prostate.

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Details
Who should take the test?

Cancer of the prostate gland typically occurs in older patients. Prostate cancer is among the most commonly diagnosed malignancies in men and is the third leading cause of cancer-related death. It usually originates from the external prostate glands, grows slowly, and tends to metastasize (=subsidiary tumors in other parts of the body) to lymph nodes and bones. If diagnosed early, prostate cancer has a good chance of being cured. Monitoring PSA levels can help diagnose cancer early and therefore lead to a timely and appropriate treatment.

Preventive measures to minimize the risk of prostate cancer are recommended at about 45 years of age. If cases of prostate cancer have occurred in the family before, preventive tests are advisable at earlier stage in life (around 35).

How does it work?

Once your order has been processed, you will be sent a blood sample collection kit. You collect your sample from the comfort of your own home and send it back to us. We analyze your sample and send your results via secure email with a password protected PDF file.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

Following the completion of the analysis, you will receive a lab report that includes explanations for the analyzed markers and details on potential symptoms linked to imbalances. Additionally, we strongly advise that you discuss the results you receive from us with your healthcare provider or practitioner.

Moreover, you can find more information on our website, particularly in the various test categories under “health conditions” and FAQs. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out to us via email at contact@verisana.co.uk.

How is my privacy protected?

Samples for our tests are collected in the privacy of your own home. Both we and our partner laboratories (which may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously. You will be the sole person with access to this information, and we guarantee that we will not disclose your information to any unauthorized third parties. Additionally, all samples will be disposed of after analysis.

Test measures
For the PSA Test we analyze:
  • Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

PSA is a protein formed in the prostate and is released in the seminal fluid. The protein PSA can also be detected in the blood, but only in a concentration that is significantly lower when compared to the seminal fluid. If malignant cells occur in the prostate, they often produce more of the protein. For this reason, PSA determination has become very important in the early detection and follow-up of prostate cancer. For the PSA test, only a small blood sample is needed.

Symptoms
Symptoms the PSA Test is suitable for:
  • Increased urge to urinate
  • Urinary retention
  • Weak or interrupted urine flow
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in the urine or seminal fluid
  • Less strong erection or impotence
  • Decreased ejaculation
  • Severe pain in the lower back, pelvis, hips, or thighs
Sample collection guide
General

Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

Please download the instructions here

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Any Questions?

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What is a PSA test, and why is it important?

The PSA test is a blood test that measures the level of a protein called prostate-specific antigen in the blood. It's important because elevated PSA levels can be a sign of prostate cancer.

What can cause increased PSA levels?

The level of PSA depends on numerous factors: First, how much PSA is released from the prostate into the blood varies. Then the amount of prostate tissue (both benign and malignant) influences the level. Thus, it increases with prostate volume, usually with age because of natural increasing prostate enlargement. Other diseases and irritations of the prostate can also increase the PSA level (especially the free PSA), but usually only for a short time: for example, prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), acute urinary retention (ischuria), sampling (prostate biopsy), prostate massage and rectal examinations. Activities such as sports (e.g. cycling, horseback riding) or sexual intercourse may slightly increase the PSA level.

What should I do when my PSA level is high?

It is important that you have a medical examination if your PSA level is high. In many cases, the PSA value can be elevated without a cancer being present. Doctors can investigate this more closely and, depending on the diagnosis, give you individual recommendations for therapy.

How often should PSA testing be done?

The frequency of PSA testing depends on individual risk factors and your physician's recommendations. Typically, annual testing is recommended for men over 50, and earlier or more frequent testing may be advised for those with higher risk factors.

I am not getting enough blood from my finger, what can I do?

Ensure optimal conditions for the blood draw: Hold your hand under warm water for an extended period and gently rotate your arm to enhance blood circulation. When pricking the finger, aim for the side rather than the direct top of the fingertip. Typically, the middle or ring finger of the non-dominant hand is most suitable. While piercing, place your finger on a stable surface to prevent reflexive withdrawal. Applying a gentle squeeze and massaging towards the fingertip can facilitate blood flow.

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