In most cases, the earlier prostate cancer is detected and treated,
the better your chances of a complete recovery. In fact, 95% of men diagnosed with prostate cancer early have a survival rate beyond 5 years, with easier recovery and less impact on a man’s life.
What is a PSA test?
A prostate test can save your life.
Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a protein produced by the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. For this test, a blood sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis.
The Australian Prostate Centre advises that men from 40 years of age should have a PSA blood test to determine their risk. Those with a low risk of developing the disease won’t need to be re-tested for 5-7 years while men who have a reading above the median for their age should be under ‘active surveillance’ with follow-ups scheduled every 12 months.
Your first point of call to discuss prostate cancer and booking a PSA test is your local GP.
If you don't have a GP, you can use Health Engine to find a GP in your area.
If you are local to Melbourne, you can also come to the Australian Prostate Centre to see a GP at the Centre. Call the Centre on (03) 8373 7600 to make your appointment.
If you are over 40, talk to your GP about PSA testing.