Consensus statements on prostate-specific antigen testing in asymptomatic men in the UK

Prostate Cancer UK

Any asymptomatic man aged 50 years and over can make an appointment with their GP to discuss having the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. However, the PSA test is not accurate enough to meet the requirements of a national screening programme. A raised PSA level can find prostate cancer at an early stage when treatment could provide a cure or extend life. The test could also suggest that some men have prostate cancer when they do not, or the test could miss cancer.

This Guidelines summary aims to aid the early detection of prostate cancer in men without symptoms while aiming to avoid over treatment and reduce variation in practice.

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