Study Findings Highlight Benefits of Prostate Cancer Screening

on Wednesday, 01 May 2013. Posted in blog

A recent study suggests that men in their late 40s could benefit from being offered a routine screening test for prostate cancer. 

Prostate screening detects levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA); a protein produced by normal as well as cancerous prostate cells. The idea has caused some controversy as screening for PSA has been deemed unreliable as previous testing has sometimes produced false positive results. 

However, results taken from a recent study carried out on men aged 27-52 showed that a high PSA reading was associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer; suggesting that men would benefit from routine PSA screening. 

The study revealed that screening amongst men who were below the age of 45 detected few deadly cancers, and screening amongst men aged 50 and over missed too many; suggesting that men in their late 40s are at the prime age for PSA testing to avoid false results or late detection.   

Recent research carried out by the ERSPC (European Randomised Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer) showed that prostate screening reduced the risk of mortality by 20%, and according to Swedish researchers, routine screening of men aged 45-49 could help to predict nearly half of prostate cancer fatalities. 

However, when the UK National Screening Committee last assessed the issue in 2010, it was decided that routine screening should not be introduced, and there is currently still no routine screening programme existing in the UK. 

At Southdowns Private Healthcare our doctors can help to screen for early signs of prostate cancer or to assess you for any concerns you may have about cancer and your health. To learn more about our cancer screening services, or to book an appointment, call us on 01243 388 712.

The End of the Jade Goody effect?

on Saturday, 23 March 2013. Posted in blog

Cervical Cancer screening rates have hit a 10 year low, meaning that less and less women are being tested for Cervical Cancer across the UK. Charities blame the decline on the end of the ‘Jade Goody effect’.

The Big Brother reality TV star and mother of two, Jade Goody, died from the disease on March 22nd 2009, at just 27 years of age. This tragic event together with Jade's tireless campaigning caused a dramatic rise in screenings and saw more than 400,000 women in England tested for Cervical Cancer between mid-2008 to 2009. However, almost exactly 4 years after Jade’s death the number of women attending screenings has significantly fallen.

Swine Flu and your Children

on Thursday, 07 February 2013. Posted in blog

 

Children aged 1-5 are also viewed as being at higher risk, and as a father of two boys, aged one and three, I would definitely treat them if they became symptomatic with swine flu but only after my GP had examined them and concluded this as the diagnosis. The real risk currently to children is not so much swine flu itself but that their symptoms are mistaken for those of swine flu. Children get temperatures for many reasons (tonsillitis, urine infections, tummy bugs, meningitis) and most of these often start of with flu-like symptoms.

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