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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

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 or 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 puts their finger inside your anus so they can check your prostate. This is known as a digital rectum examination (DRE). The blood test, or prostate specific antigen (PSA) test 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 screen in a year's time if your PSA blood test is normal.
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Our consultants

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

Our facilities

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

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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