PSA Testing

When and Where

Each test event takes much planning and organisation so we limit the numbers our volunteers undertake and keep our activities within Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex.  Dates are usually, but not exclusively, in Spring and Autumn.

Since we started testing in 2011 PCaSO have tested 20,440 men in our area. Those men with a raised PSA were recommended to see their GP to discuss their result.
In 2019, our last full year of testing pre-pandemic, PCaSO held 25 free PSA testing events and tested 5,776 men across our 3 counties. We found 401 men with a raised PSA level, about 7% of those tested.
On resumption of testing in Oct/Nov 2021, we tested 1154 men at 4 events, and found 60 men with a raised level.

Registration & Verification: Before booking a test you will need to register and verify a personal account,  for more information please read here

Results:  You will receive an email or text message informing you that your results are now available. Please then log on to your account on the website  psatesting.org and use your username and password to access your account
For queries about results please read here
DO NOT PHONE THE NATIONAL HELPLINE FOR YOUR RESULT

Scroll down for more details of the test and  events for 2022

Watch this site and local advertising for details

Although we provide this as a free service, each test costs us £12 – £15, so we need your donations to meet these expenses.

 
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The PSA test is most useful when doctors can see how it has changed over time.  Keep a record of your test results on the PCaSO PSA Record Card. Download a copy here


Planned events for 2022:

Please Note all events are by online appointment only.

Sussex

Uckfield
Sat 5th Mar
Book online here

Henfield
Sat 2nd Apr
Book online here

Hampshire

Petersfield
Sat 12th Feb 2022
Book online here
fully booked

Havant
Sat 23rd Apr
to be confirmed

Gosport
Sat 21st May
online booking will open on 1st Apr

Dorset

TBA

To book an appointment use the direct links above or go to psatesting.org

You will need to first register with the site to set up a personal account using your email address as username and a password before booking an appointment.
For more information on registering an account read here

Events may be affected by Govt. Covid restrictions at the time and as a result may be cancelled at short notice, check before you attend.

Home PSA Testing

During the pandemic a scheme for home testing was set up if you would like to have a PSA test and cannot get to your GP.

Our partners in the testing program, Graham Fulford Charitable Trust Ltd (GFCT), offer a personal PSA testing blood collection kit developed by  a  private pathology service, The Doctors Laboratory  (TDL), London.

It  consists of a DIY blood collection kit, taking blood from a finger prick and posting it to TDL, they will test the blood and return the PSA result to GFCT, who will evaluate  it and send you the standard green, amber, or red result letter as usual.  The kit contains all necessary equipment – blood vial, lancets, sterilising swabs, plasters, return postage container and instructions and can be purchased for £24.99.

If you are already on their computer system from a previous PCaSO event, they will compare the result with your past PSA result and advice accordingly.

The kits can be ordered from GFCT through PCaSO at psatesting.org/Orders

PCaSO is not involved in any of the financial and administrative processing  and does not receive any of this money, or any commission. It is all undertaken by GFCT.

You must either register, or login with GFCT, if you already have an account with them, before you can order your home testing kit.

What happens at a test

The four and a half minute video to the right was made by PCaSO including footage from a PSA testing event held by PCaSO at Hove in 2019.

In this video Consultant Urologist Christopher Eden discusses Prostate Cancer and the PSA test.

PCaSO will give you a leaflet at the test event giving information about the test and there will also be a PCaSO volunteer on hand to give a short talk or to answer questions before having the test.

PSA Testing

The PSA test checks a sample of blood for the Prostate Specific Antigen protein which is produced by the prostate gland. The test does NOT diagnose cancer. A raised reading may indicate that there are problems with the prostate gland which might be infected or enlarged – as often happens with older men.  Or it might be cancer.

A raised reading means that further checks might be necessary and we suggest that men with a raised reading visit their doctor to discuss matters. The test is not completely reliable as it can give a raised reading when there is no cancer – as above – but can also give a normal reading when cancer is present.

BUT it is the only quick and easy test available.psa test

It is known that men whose close relatives – father, uncles, brothers, grandfathers – have had
prostate cancer, together with all men of Afro-Caribbean ancestry, are of increased risk and should be tested at 45 or earlier. It is also believed that breast cancer in the family may also increase the chances.

The NHS says that any man over 50 is ENTITLED to the PSA test free on the NHS once the pros and cons of the test have been explained.

The test

PCaSO arranges events where men over 45 can have a free test.  We often work with Lions, Rotary and Freemason clubs who help with the organisation.

The blood is taken in a vial by trained phlebotomists just like a hospital or surgery.  The vial is taken to a laboratory, often the local hospital, where it is analysed by professionals exactly the same way as any other blood sample.

The result is posted or emailed to the man with the suggestion that they have another test after a suitable period or, in around 10 per cent of cases, they go to consult a doctor.

At no time does PCaSO or anyone involved with the testing claim to diagnose cancer or any other ailment.  That is the job of the doctor.

Why

test vialsNew figures – published by PCUK in Feb 2018 – reveal that for the first time more men died from prostate cancer than women died from breast cancer.  Using data from 2015, the latest available, 11,819 men died from prostate cancer in the UK, compared to 11,442 women dying from breast cancer. It means the male-only disease is now the third most common cancer to die from, after lung and bowel cancer.

Since 1999, the number of women dying from breast cancer has been steadily decreasing, while prostate cancer deaths are still on the rise. During that time, breast cancer has benefitted from a screening programme, significant investments in research and more than double the number of published studies compared to ones for prostate cancer.

Despite the alarming figures, the prospects for men with prostate cancer are actually better than ever, with men diagnosed today two-and-a-half times more likely to live for 10 years or more than if they were diagnosed in 1990. Yet due mainly to an increasing and ageing population, the number of men dying from the disease is growing.  Since the NHS won’t bring in a screening programme, PCaSO, with other support groups around the country, will do our best to provide a service.