When is the Prostate Check-up recommended?
The Prostate Check-up allows the early identification of prostate disorders by measuring the total and free PSA (prostate specific antigen) in the blood.
The Prostate Check-up contains the following tests: total PSA and free PSA.
The Prostate Check-up is recommended:
- For all adult men when they experience discomfort due to prostate disorders, such as a recurrent urge to urinate or painful urination;
- For men aged 40 and over in prostate cancer screening (PSA alone is not diagnostic of prostate cancer).
What is PSA?
Prostate-specific antigen is an organ-specific protein produced by the cells of the prostate whose function is to thin the seminal fluid. The PSA assay represents a fundamental step in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer, but is not sufficient to diagnose it on its own. PSA is not, in fact, a tumour-specific marker: its levels are influenced by the patient’s age and the size of the prostate; they can also increase in the presence of glandular changes such as prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) and benign prostatic hypertrophy.
The ratio of total PSA to free PSA increases the test’s specificity. The level of free PSA, which is usually already reduced, tends to be lower in the presence of prostate cancer.
How is the Prostate Check-up carried out?
The Prostate Check-up is carried out on a collection of venous blood.
Where is the Prostate Check-up done?
The Prostate Check-up can be carried out in all Lifebrain centres. Find your nearest Lifebrain centre on www.lifebrain.it