Prostate screening guides revised for GPs

Updated prostate screening guidance for GPs and patients have been developed by the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes.

GPs will be sent information packs containing a reference booklet and a summary sheet for healthcare workers, as well as an information sheet for patients.

The new guidance provides information on recent research, including recent studies into the risks and benefits of PSA testing.

Professor Julietta Patnick, director of the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, said the updated materials would allow primary care practitioners to provide the latest advice to patients.

‘There are advantages to a man knowing his PSA level, as this can find cancer at an ‘early' stage,' she said. ‘However, there are a number of uncertainties surrounding the PSA test and the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.  Currently there is uncertainty whether the benefits of a national PSA-based screening programme would outweigh the harms.'

tom.moberly@haymarket.com


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