New RACGP advice: don’t discuss PSA test unless asked

The 8th edition of the Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice, published today, reinforces the college’s message on the issue.

It says prostate cancer screening is low on the list of priorities, in light of the many other proven preventive activities that could be addressed.

“New trial data do not provide unequivocal directions to screen or not screen for prostate cancer using the PSA test, with or without digital rectal examination (DRE). The medical community remains divided on the issue. From a general practice viewpoint, it is unclear whether the advantages of screening