What will happen at the GP surgery?
If you are having symptoms, your GP will ask you more about these. They can do a few tests to find out if you have a prostate problem. The main tests include:
- a urine test to check for a urine infection or for prostatitis
- a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test
- a digital rectal examination (DRE).
It is up to you whether you have these tests. Your GP should explain what they involve and discuss the advantages and disadvantages. They should also discuss your risk of prostate cancer, and any other health problems you may have.
If you decide to have these tests and the results suggest you may have a prostate problem, your GP will make an appointment for you to see a doctor at a hospital for further tests.