Action planned on national PSA testing guideline

THE heated debate about PSA testing is set to intensify, with plans underway to develop a consensus document offering Australia’s first national advice on early detection of prostate cancer.

Cancer Australia CEO Dr Helen Zorbas said experts and key stakeholders would be consulted to develop evidence-based advice and “the NHMRC would be involved in the process”.

“Cancer Australia... undertakes regular surveillance and monitoring of the cancer research evidence to develop advice and inform practice and policy,” Dr Zorbas told MO.
 “Consistent with this activity, we will review and analyse the evidence about early detection of prostate cancer.”

Confirmation of plans for a national guideline coincided with a call last week from Professor Bruce Armstrong from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health for an “organised approach to prostate cancer screening”.

While key