Prostate cancer screening tests

Find reliable independent health and treatment information about prostate cancer written by Australian experts. This includes resources for consumers and health professionals.

About prostate cancer screening

Routine testing for prostate cancer is not recommended as it has been shown to cause more harm than good through false positives and overdiagnosis.

We currently have no information specifically on prostate cancer but we will be developing new resources as the need arises. In the meantime see the list of resource below, use the search box to find more, or review our information for health professionals – so you can discuss this with your health carer.

For health professionals  

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men in Australia. In 2012 alone, 18,560 new cases were diagnosed and 3235 men died of the disease. However, routine testing for prostate cancer is not recommended as it has been shown to cause more harm than good through false positives and overdiagnosis.

For your patients

Use the following tools and resources in your patient consultations.

Clinical information

Quality use of medical tests means choosing the right test for the patient and using it at the right time. We have compiled some of the latest evidence and guidelines on prostate cancer screening to help you discuss the relevance of this test with your patients.

Other tools and resources

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13 Oct 2016 Find out which tests, treatments or procedures healthcare providers and consumers should question, as recommended by Australian medical colleges.
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For health professionals (Health professional development)
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28 Jun 2013 PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test is for prostate cancer. It should only be used if the potential benefits outweigh the harms and is only recommended for some people
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