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By Manc-Mark
#1106050
Can someone guide me to where I can get a Prostate test done, I've seen around a free test advertised for this but can't recall where?

TIA

Mark
By schuman
#1106064
Last year they were doing them at the Quiron private hospital in Torrevieja but I'm not sure if they are doing them now. They were advertising in some of the local free press and I think Help Vega Baja were also involved. Perhaps you could contact them to see if it's still available.
By happyhotspur
#1106089
Just go to your local doctor and ask It saved my life believe me. A routine blood test when I signed on at my doctors resulting within six months of a DRE, Ultrasound, MRI and full prostactomy and my life.
A DRE in the UK four months previously found nothing and i truly believe if I was still living in the UK rather than moving here I would be dead
Just go to your local medical centre and insist on a PSA test you never know
By WESSO
#1106530
Manc-Mark wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:54 pm
Thanks for all your replies will speak to the Doctor

Mark
I am told you can now have the Prostate test done at the pharmacia reults while you wait and not expensive at all
By freddo
#1106554
Blood tests are not the best way to check for Prostate cancer you need an internal examination believe me and its not painful just a bit embarrassing
If the doctors has both hands on your shoulders you should worry :D :D :D
By cameron
#1106555
Sent my partner to the Doctors last week to ask for a test just as a precaution and the doctor told him to get on the bed and did it himself. Said no problem your prostrate is perfect. I wasn’t popular when he got home.
By nettob
#1106625
Prostrate Cancer can only be confirmed by a biopsy. The PSA blood test and internal examination will only indicate that there MAY be a problem.

My advice, as someone who was diagnosed about 15 months ago, is to get a blood test done first. If the PSA reading is over 4ng/ml then your doctor will refer you to a Urologist at the hospital. He will make an internal examination and order another blood test. If that blood test confirms the previous PSA reading then he will organise a biopsy. The results of the biopsy will confirm (or not) the presence of cancer cells.
If cancer is confirmed you will be offered a choice of treatment, surgical removal or a course of radiotherapy.
By Tazzle
#1106630
nettob wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:02 am
Prostrate Cancer can only be confirmed by a biopsy. The PSA blood test and internal examination will only indicate that there MAY be a problem...........

............The results of the biopsy will confirm (or not) the presence of cancer cells.
If cancer is confirmed you will be offered a choice of treatment, surgical removal or a course of radiotherapy.

In fact even a biopsy may not be able to detect the cancer. Depending on what was discovered from the DRE and possibly the MRI, a certain number of samples are taken, typically around 12 or so. These will be targeted on any specific areas of concern, as identified by the MRI, and other general samples from other areas of the prostate. It is possible that an area with cancer cells could be missed. If this is the case it is unlikely any missed cancer would be worryingly aggressive at this stage and, at any rate, if you've be referred to the extent of having a biopsy, it's likely you will continue with regular screening in the future.

As has been mentioned, the PSA test is notoriously unreliable. This is why it is not automatically offered for prostate cancer screening. Doctors will take into account a number of factors, PSA, family history, ethnicity, any symptoms and possibly a DRE before further referral.
By royazul
#1106635
As a person who had prostate cancer, no matter how accurate or not the PSA test is, it is a starting point. When I was in the UK I refused a PSA by my doctor after asking me a few practical questions.

After a short time her in Spain I started to have severe shoulder pains. After numerous visits to an osteopath he referred me to my doctor for a blood test and it is there that the PSA should up.

Thank to a great surgeon at San Jaime ( Now Quiron ) the cancerous prostate was removed and my shoulder pain went as well and that was 15 years ago. :D

I believe in the UK the PSA test starts at 50, but in America it is 40 years of age
By Tazzle
#1106640
Nowadays if you request a PSA test and you are over 50 you shouldn't be refused one, and yes it is the starting point. In fact, in a small number of cases people WITH prostate cancer have had a normal PSA reading. This is why doctors will consider a range of factors before referral to a specialist.

The following website has comprehensive information on prostate cancer.

https://prostatecanceruk.org
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