Early detection of prostate cancer is vital to ensuring an effective cure.
Our Association recommends that men over the age of 50 should go for regular testing to ensure they are free of prostate cancer. If you are in one of the higher risk groups referred to above, then you should be tested from age 45 onwards.
Currently the PSA Test is the only simple non-invasive test to indicate whether a man is likely to have prostate cancer.
A single PSA test can highlight a problem with the prostate, but it is not always caused by cancer.
However, if a man is tested regularly, say every 12 to 18 months, then the results are more revealing. For this reason the Association recommends regular and ongoing testing for prostate cancer.
In this way the change of PSA level over time can be monitored. If there is a steady rise in level, then the risk of cancer being present is very much higher.
In the following pages we describe the test, how it detects cancer, and also the potential for false results.
It is important to realise that the PSA Test is very much relied upon, especially when used regularly. Many of our members owe their lives to this test!
Every man over the age of 45/50 has the right to ask for a PSA test, and even more so if prostate cancer is in the family. The Association’s advice is that if you decide to ask for a PSA test you should not be put off by your GP.