Your decision

taken from Small Gland, Big Problem 4th Edition
by Professor Roger Kirby, Health Press 2011

In the end, it is up to you whether you have the PSA test or not, and whether you continue with annual or biannual checks. But make sure you base your decision on reliable information, not the latest newspaper, radio or TV article, or some unsubstantiated internet site, and discuss it with your partner.

The Department of Health has recently changed its policy on PSA testing and has agreed that men should be entitled to this test once they have had enough information to make an informed choice (see

In summary, the PSA test is not perfect, and much work is currently being done to come up with something better. For the time being, however, it is the best we have, and if used intelligently can be a valuable early indicator of problems, benign and malignant, that are developing within the prostate. If caught early, these problems can nearly always be dealt with.