✓ Identify early potential signs of Prostate Cancer
This finger prick blood test analyses your (PSA) prostate specific antigen level which may be elevated in prostate cancer, as well as a number of other benign conditions.
About this test
This finger prick blood test analyses your (PSA) prostate specific antigen level which may be elevated in prostate cancer, as well as several other benign conditions.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and often presents with no symptoms in the early stages. If you have any concerns about prostate cancer, you should always talk to your doctor or regular GP.
What is Included?
✓ Home Finger Prick Blood Test Kit
✓ Recorded, next day delivery of your test kit (if booked before 3.30pm Mon-Thur)
✓ 24hr Tracked Royal Mail Return
✓ Results 2-3 working days from receipt by the laboratory
✓ Patients emailed with results plus analysis and health advice by a ZoomDoc GP
There are multiple potential early signs and symptoms of prostate cancer. Some of these may include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Urinary frequency, especially at night
- Difficulty starting or stopping urination
- Visible blood in urine and/or semen
- Lethargy and fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
- Pain in the back, pelvis or thighs
In the early stages of prostate cancer, you may not have any of these symptoms at all.
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, we would advise you to undertake a PSA test and also discuss your symptoms with a healthcare professional. Interpreting PSA results, by themselves can sometimes provide false reassurance.
When to test
The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) Test is a screening test that can help detect signs of prostate cancer in the blood. A raised PSA level may occur due to non-cancerous (benign) enlargement or inflammation of the prostate. These conditions will require further specialist investigations.
We recommend that you take this test if:
- You are over the age of 50
- You have a strong family history of prostate cancer
- You are experiencing symptoms related to prostate cancer
We advise patients to only undertake this test Monday to Thursday and then sending it directly back to the laboratory. This ensures that there are no delays in the lab receiving your test kit.
Specific biomarkers within this test include:
- Total Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
- Free Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
- Calculated Prostate Specific Antigen Ratio
Frequently Asked Questions
How accurate are ZoomDoc Wellness Tests?
ZoomDoc finger prick blood tests are as accurate as tests you would normally take via a normal regular blood test at hospital or in a GP setting.
All tests are analysed in labs in the UK and are UKAS & ISO 15189 accredited.
All of our partner laboratories undergo frequent quality control checks to ensure they meet the highest standard of testing. The equipment and analysers used are all designed for the specific function of capillary blood testing. All ZoomDoc test kits come with clear instructions.
What laboratories do ZoomDoc use?
All laboratories that ZoomDoc use are UKAS & ISO 15189 accredited.
Most samples are analysed at The Doctors Laboratory which is based in Central London. This lab is the largest private laboratory in the UK.
How are my PSA results reviewed?
All PSA results are analysed by our team of Doctors.
They will comment on your results and often provide both advice and health recommendations.
If there are any worrying results our Doctors will get in touch and advise on next steps.
Can I discuss my results with a ZoomDoc GP?
Our team of GPs are always on hand via the ZoomDoc app to discuss any queries or questions you may have with your results or wellness tests.
What will happen after I purchase a test kit?
After purchase of this PSA test kit, it will be immediately dispatched to your home or workplace.
After it arrives, you must activate the test with the details of the patient undertaking the test. There are full instructions on the test kit box.
Can I give this test kit to someone else?
Yes, if you receive or order a wellness test kit and want to gift it to someone else, you can do this. However, the test must always be activated with the personal details of the individual taking the test.
How to take your home blood test
” Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is an important test for men, especially over the age of 50, so as to closely monitor for signs of prostate cancer.
In addition to a simple blood test and regular monitoring, it is very important that patients are also examined by their GP if they are experiencing any lower urinary tract symptoms.
As GPs we understand the hesitation to have your prostate examined but at the same time, as healthcare professionals, we perform prostate examinations daily and often we can reassure patients immediately.
There is the commonly known expression, “it is better to put your finger in it, that put your foot in it” – i.e it is better to check than miss something that can be caught and treated early.”
Dr Kenny Livingstone – ZoomDoc GP