You might go to your GP if you have urinary symptoms, are worried about prostate problems or because you're at higher risk of getting prostate cancer.

Urinary problems will often be caused by something else rather than cancer and there are treatments that can help.

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What happens at the GP surgery?

If you have symptoms, your GP will ask you about them, how long you have had them, whether they are getting worse over time, and how they are affecting your life.

The PSA test

Learn how the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test can help to diagnose prostate problems, the pros and cons of the test, what the results mean, and what might happen afterwards.

Digital rectal examination (DRE)

The DRE is a common way of helping to diagnose a prostate problem.

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

Information on tests used to diagnose prostate cancer.

Getting your results

It usually takes around two weeks to get all the results. These can give an indication of how far the cancer has spread and how quickly it might be growing.

Gleason grade and gleason score

Prostate cancer cells in your biopsy samples are given a Gleason grade. This tells you how aggressive the cancer is – in other words, how likely it is to grow and spread outside the prostate.

Just diagnosed?

Men respond in different ways to being diagnosed with prostate cancer. You may feel shocked, angry or scared. You may want to find out more about what treatments are available to you.


This page describes staging - a way of recording how far the cancer has spread. The most common method is the TNM system.