Five things to say to men who ask about PSA tests

Tips for countering recent misinformation in the media

As a rule of thumb, the RACGP advises doctors not to recommend PSA screening to patients with no risk factors.

Pros and cons

But when a patient does ask about these tests, they should be informed of both the benefits and harms, says the NHMRC.

The council suggests putting it in simple terms so patients can easily weigh up the pros and cons.

The following statistics are for middle-aged men with no risk factors.

Potential benefits:

  1. For every 1000 men tested, two men will avoid death from prostate cancer before they reach 85. This