One in five men having PSA tests

And GPs are the main reason patients are having the test, with 61% of men in a survey claiming they had it because their doctor recommended it or just ordered it without consultation.

A survey of 1431 men aged 40 to 74, commissioned by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and conducted in March and April, found 46% of men had the test because their GP suggested it as part of a routine check-up. Another 15% said their “GP just conducted the test”.

Only 7% of respondents said they had the test because they were symptomatic. Among participants who had never been tested, 19% said their GP had