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Prostate screening

Looking for signs of prostate cancer

A prostate screen involves a series of tests and assessments designed to detect signs of prostate cancer

About screening of the prostate

In the early stages of prostate cancer, you might not have any obvious symptoms, so a screen can be a good way of picking up abnormalities. We offer prostate screening as part of our men's health screening programme. Alternatively, your consultant may recommend it if they suspect you have prostate cancer.

Need to know

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    Your screen involves a few different things. During the physical exam, your consultant will gently insert their finger into your anus so they can check your prostate. This is known as a digital rectum examination (DRE).

    They may also carry out a blood test, known as a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, which involves your doctor using a needle and syringe to take blood from a vein, usually in your arm. If you don't like having your blood taken, please let us know so we can make you more comfortable. You'll have a bladder scan and urine analysis as well as routine height, weight and blood pressure checks. 

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    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you have. They'll also tell you how to prepare for your screen.
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    You should be able to go home straight after your screen. Once the screening doctor has all your results, they'll let you know what happens next. They may refer you to a urologist for further investigations, such as an MRI scan, which might be followed by a biopsy. Or they may suggest you have another screening in a year's time if your PSA blood test is normal.
Consultant in theatres

Our prostate screening specialist

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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