Prostate is part of the male reproductive system which is a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder in front of the rectum. The prostate plays an important role in male fertility and its main function is to produce fluid that forms part of semen. Most of the time, prostate problems affect urination and sexual function of a man.
The prostate is prone to three main conditions such as prostatitis (infection or inflammation of the prostate), benign prostatic hyperplasia (aging-related enlargement of the prostate gland) and prostate cancer (the growth of cancerous cells inside the prostate). Most of these problems can be detected via a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
A PSA test measures the level of prostate specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland in the blood. PSA test is a simple blood test which involves blood withdrawal from the arm. A raised PSA level in the blood could also be related to cancerous and non-cancerous conditions such as benign prostatic hypertrophy, urinary tract infection, prostatic inflammation or prostate cancer. If the PSA value is high, more tests will be done, such as biopsy to positively identify the presence of cancer.
In Malaysia, prostate cancer is the fourth most common cancer affecting the men, particularly men aged 50 years old and above. Prostate cancer often has no early symptoms. That is why it is important to go for routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, as it may help to detect early prostate cancer. The American Urological Association recommended that men ages 55 to 69 years should consider to have a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. Men who have family history of prostate cancer are encouraged to have PSA screening at an earlier age of 45 years old.
For some men, there is a reluctance to be screened due to embarrassment and not wanting to appear weak and vulnerable. However, if you are experiencing the following symptoms, you should consult a doctor as it may be indicative of a prostate problem:
• Difficulty starting to urinate
• Straining to urinate or taking a long time to finish
• Frequent urination, especially at night
• Pain when urinating or during sex
• Blood in urine
With the aim of raising awareness and encourage men to go for PSA screening, Beacon Hospital in collaboration with Sin Chew Media Corporation has initiated the “Love For The Elderly Men: Complimentary PSA Screening + Blood Test Campaign” to provide complimentary blood test + PSA screening to men aged 55 years and above.
The application starts from October 9, 2017. Limited to 200 pax, first come first serve basis. To participate in this campaign:
1. Prior reservation is required. Please call 03 – 7620 7979 or 011 – 3432 1333 (office hour: Mon to Fri, 9AM – 5PM) to make an appointment.
2. Original campaign coupon from Sin Chew Newpaper (either hardcopy or digital copy, photocopy version is not accepted) MUST be presented upon redemption. The coupon is only valid for ONE redemption per customer.
3. You are required to fast for 12 hours prior to appointment day. Report will be ready 4 hours after the test and our medical officer will provide consultation on the same day.
4. The coupon is for redemption of complimentary screening only, treatment is not included.
For more information and appointment bookings, please call 03 – 7620 7979 or 011 – 3432 1333 (office hour: Mon to Fri, 9Am – 5PM)Back To Menu List