What is the
The PSA test is a blood test
that can help diagnose prostate problems,
including prostate cancer.
Testing Choices trying to
Working out whether or not to have a
PSA test is a 'testing choice'. Men need to weigh up a whole range
of pros and cons before deciding if it's right for
To make an informed choice, men need
to know about the test. Yet, research by Prostate Cancer UK shows
that two thirds of men over 50 don't even know it
Unfortunately, very little is being
done by the NHS to improve men's awareness. The current programme
for helping men think about the PSA test - the Prostate Cancer Risk
Management Programme - only helps men who
already know about it.
The Charity believes this has to
change. We need a programme that's able to reach every man who's at higher
risk of prostate cancer, not just the few men who are already
aware. To make this possible we need two things.
First, we need politicians and NHS
officials to recognise the need for an improved programme that can
help all men at higher risk of prostate cancer consider the pros
and cons of the PSA test.
Second, we need to find out the best
ways of communicating with men about the test. The Charity has
developed a number of new ways of providing this information which
it now needs to test.
Once the new approaches have
been tested to find out which work best, the Charity will campaign
for them to be rolled out across the country as part of an improved
programme to raise awareness of the PSA