The UK NSC recommendation on Prostate cancer screening/PSA testing in men over the age of 50
Find general information about population health screening.
Why is screening not recommended by UK NSC?
Screening is not recommended because:
An evaluation is currently taking place which could have the potential to improve the accuracy of PSA testing to identify men at greater risk for fast-growing prostate cancers
More about Prostate Cancer
The prostate is a small gland in the pelvis that's found only in men. It's located between the penis and the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis. The main function of the prostate is to help in the production of semen. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It is responsible for 25% of newly diagnosed cases of cancer in England and Wales. The chances of developing prostate cancer increase as you get older. Most cases develop in men aged 65 or older.
• The British Association for Cancer Research
The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.
Related documentsOption appraisal: screening for prostate cancer (update - March 2013) (PDF document, 1.13MB, 27/03/13)
Prostate cancer screening recommendation statement (PDF document, 71KB, 30/09/14)
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