Aussie experts agree on PSA tests and rectal exams

Doctors should not proactively screen for prostate cancer, but can offer a PSA test every two years to men aged 50 to 69 who ask for one, according to draft guidelines issued by Cancer Council Australia and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

And digital rectal examination is not recommended as a routine primary care test for asymptomatic men, says the document released for comment at the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne.

Aimed at resolving confusion about screening, the document emphasises the importance of doctors offering “evidence-based decisional support to men