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Should I have a PSA test?

The PSA test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood and raised levels may indicate the presence of prostate cancer. However, many other conditions can cause a raised PSA, so it is not a fail-safe diagnostic test.

There isn’t a national prostate cancer screening programme funded by the NHS, however, we generally recommend that all men over 50 know their PSA level.

It is best to discuss with your GP before deciding when and whether to have a PSA test as other factors should be considered such as your medical history, your family history, whether you have any symptoms and if any signs are found on clinical examination.

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