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Prostate assessments can be very important for men as they get older, for a range of reasons.
Why do I need a prostate assessment?
The urology specialists at Hadley Wood Hospital can provide a thorough prostate assessment service, incorporating a range of tests, scans and biopsies if required, to build detailed health reports.
The prostate – a walnut-sized gland in males located between the neck of the bladder and rectum – can cause a number of symptoms if it becomes enlarged, including needing to pee more often than usual (particularly at night), increased urgency before urinating, along with difficulty/delay in starting to pee, or feeling that you’re not fully emptying your bladder. There may also be blood in your urine or semen.
These symptoms can be very common – particularly in men aged over 50 – and may be completely harmless.
When to seek help
It’s vital to get your symptoms checked as soon as possible as they can be signs of prostate cancer, the most common cancer for men in the UK. If cancer is the cause, early diagnosis makes treating the disease much easier. However, a lot of the time, these symptoms occur due to benign prostate enlargement, which isn’t serious but should still be investigated. There is also a lot we can do to help treat and manage the symptoms, so there’s no need to just put up with them.
The prostate assessment service at Hadley Wood includes physical examinations, blood and urine tests, urine flow rate studies, as well as scans including MRI and ultrasound studies of the prostate and bladder, and transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsies, if required.
These tests can be useful for anybody experiencing symptoms that may indicate possible prostate problems or enlargement, and as routine testing for men aged 50 and above (those most at-risk of prostate cancer) or with a family history of the condition. Our prostate assessments also provide further investigation for men who have already been diagnosed with raised PSA levels (which can be an indication of cancer), or referred by their GP if possible problems are suspected.
Full details of how to prepare for your tests will be shared with you beforehand. Any findings and results will be fully explained during a follow-up, along with any further investigations or treatments that may be required.