An easy to use home test that detects raised levels of a protein Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) associated with abnormalities associated with the prostate gland.
Why test for PSA levels?
- PSA is a protein produced by the prostate and released into the blood stream in very small quantities. More PSA is released when there is a problem with the prostate.
- Prostate problems that result in elevated PSA include prostatitis, enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.
Who is the test for?
- it is strongly recommended for men aged 50+
- those with a family history of prostate disorders
What is PSA level?
- PSA (Protein Specific Antigen) is a protein produced by the prostate gland and released into the blood stream in very small quantities.
- if there is a problem with the prostate, such as prostatitis, enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, the prostate will release larger amounts of PSA into the blood.
- this test shows a positive result when the PSA level exceeds 4ng/ml.
How often should PSA levels be checked?
- Men aged 50+ should perform this test regularly (as a minimum once a year)
- those with a family history of prostate disorders should consider testing earlier and more regularly
- healthy individuals would also benefit from annual checks
What should user do if the test is positive?
- in all cases, user should consult their doctor and not make any medical decisions without taking advice.
How should the test be disposed of?
- after use, the test components can be disposed of with normal household waste.