Debate on Prostate Cancer Testing

Friday 25 September, 2009

You may have seen coverage or heard news reports recently encouraging men in their forties to be tested for prostate cancer. The Cancer Council believes that men considering being tested for prostate cancer should do so with information on both the benefits and harms of testing and treatment.  We encourage men to speak to their doctors so they can make an informed choice about prostate cancer testing.

If you're interested in the debate among experts about the value of prostate cancer testing and its impact on men's health and lifestyle, you might like to read the following two articles that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday, 24 September 2009. Both articles are in response to the release of a new policy on PSA testing by the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, which does not recommend the use of mass population-based PSA screening as a public health policy.

‘Prostate proposal risky'

‘Knife begins at forty' (scroll down to second article)  

Men who are concerned about prostate cancer or who have questions can call our Helpline on 131120 to speak to a trained cancer nurse.

Find out more about the Cancer Council's position on prostate cancer testing

 - Professor David Hill