The SELFCheck Prostate Health Test is a screening test giving a yes/no answer as to whether your PSA levels are higher than normal and are not intended to be used for monitoring PSA levels.
PSA is a protein produced by the prostate and released into the blood stream in very small quantities. More PSA is released when there is a problem with the prostate. Prostate problems that result in elevated PSA include prostatitis, enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.
No. The SELFCheck PSA test is not intended to be used for monitoring a known health issue with your prostate. If your doctor has told you that you have higher than normal levels of PSA then this will be further investigated by your doctor and followed up by your doctor with regular blood tests to monitor your PSA level. A self test PSA kit such as SELFCheck is a screening test, and will tell you if your PSA levels are higher than the normal range to prompt you to speak with your doctor for further investigations.
It is recommended for men aged 50+ and those with a family history of prostate disorders.
PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a protein produced by the prostate gland and released into the blood stream in very small quantities. If there is a problem with the prostate, such as prostatitis, enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, the prostate will release larger amounts of PSA into the blood. This test shows a positive result when the PSA level exceeds 4ng/ml.
Men aged 50+ should perform this test regularly (as a minimum once a year). Those with a family history of prostate disorders should consider testing earlier and more regularly. Healthy individuals may also benefit from annual checks.
In all cases, consult your GP and do not make any medical decisions without taking advice from your doctor.
After use, the test components can be disposed of with normal household waste.