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For males in the UK, prostate cancer is the most common cancer with 46,700 new cases ever year – Cancer Research UK

A PSA test is a blood test that helps detect prostate cancer. It measures the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood.

The PSA blood test is one of the main ways, along with a rectal exam, that doctors can look for signs of prostate cancer. And while it’s normal for men to have some PSA in their blood, a raised level can be a sign of prostate cancer. However, PSA can be raised for lots of other reasons too, meaning a man might get an abnormal result when he doesn’t have cancer. If PSA is undertaken this must be made clear to the employee so that unnecessary worry is not caused. There is an argument that some of the cancers detected – if left undetected – wouldn’t cause a person harm. The alternative argument is that early detection means less evasive cancer treatment such as hormone medication and surveillance.

Case Study – Urinalysis and PSA Health Screening

An employee was having their annual health surveillance screening and the urine test was positive for blood. The employee was referred for a review with his General Practitioner and he required further investigations, which diagnosed a bladder tumour, this was successfully treated.

Having the occupational health service enabled early detection of the tumour which otherwise did not show any other symptoms and allowed prompt and successful treatment for the employee.

Case Study – PSA Testing

One of our clients offers PSA blood tests to their male workers over the age of 45 years every other year. In the last 4 years, this test alone has detected Prostate cancer at an early stage in 4 of their employees.

This early detection has allowed for successful and less evasive cancer treatment and arguably has saved these employees lives.

Supporting employees health and wellbeing is a key focus area for Acorn Occupational Health and many of our clients. Although a PSA test is not mandatory, many companies now offer this to their male employees over 40 as part of a health promotion and wellness package.

Acorn offer blood profile screening which includes the following:

  • Full blood count – This checks white and red cell count. White cell count can be an indication of many different diseases including infection, viruses, leukemia and other blood disorders. The red cell count can indicate anaemia and other blood disorders.
  • Kidney profile – Urea & Creatinine checks the kidney function.
  • Liver profile – Liver function tests are important to check to see if the body is breaking down toxins. It will indicate the health of the liver and provide information to the person if their liver is fatty because the person is overweight or if they are drinking too much alcohol.
  • Lipid profile – This checks both good and bad cholesterol and will indicate if a person has high cholesterol which increases the risk of heart disease.
  • Glucose – This can indicate if a person is developing or at risk of diabetes.
  • PSA (males) – It measures the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in the blood for early detection of prostate cancers.

For more information on our Health and Wellbeing packages that include blood profile screening please contact us on 01260 277797 or email

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