by Jan Manarite, VP of Advocacy & Education
For some people who don’t have medical insurance, or for others who have barriers to getting their bloodwork done, there is a way you can purchase your own blood tests online. The Life Extension Foundation (LEF) website has a section under PRODUCTS, called BLOOD TESTING where you can order many different types of tests for yourself. You purchase the test online through the website. LEF will then email you your order (script), which you can print and bring it to your local LabCorp location. There is no extra charge at LabCorp.
Most states have many LabCorp locations, but not all. You can search online for a local LabCorp location here.
There are many, many blood tests available on the LEF website – from PSA to CBC/CMP/Lipid Panel, to Vitamin D, and more. The prices vary, but a regular PSA blood test for an LEF is currently $31.00. There is also an Ultrasensitive PSA (for patients after surgery, etc) and a Free/Total PSA (for men with BPH who are screening) which are a little more expensive.
For more information, you can also call Life Extension Foundation at (800) 678-8989.
I have used this system multiple times for myself over the years. There were periods of time during my husband’s cancer care that he had medical insurance, but I did not. We could not afford insurance for me. So this service was very helpful to me for my own screenings and healthcare. But I had a high level of understanding about most of the tests I was ordering due to the fact that I was deeply involved in the advocacy and education for my husband’s cancer care. Therefore, I would suggest you research any blood test and talk to your nurse or doctor before you ordering. It’s important to have a basic understanding of what you are ordering and why. It makes little sense to order a blood test for yourself that you have no understanding of – Research and Ask. This is an essential part of being an empowered patient.