Survey finds 6% of 18 to 24-year-olds have had PSA test

The survey of 1200 men aged 18–50 revealed 6% of 18–19-year-olds and 6% of 20–24-year-olds have had a PSA test. 

Across all age groups GPs were the main influencers of the test, with 29% saying their GP suggested it. Some 12% said it was part of a routine checkup and 12% said their GP "just conducted the test". 

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) said public education regarding the disease must improve after the survey also found widespread confusion about the condition and screening. 

Almost half (49%) of respondents believed men should be tested regularly from the age of 40. However, 63% said they knew little about the procedures involved in prostate cancer screening.

Almost three quarters (70%) said that advice about screening was confusing.

Last year the same survey, conducted in men aged of 40–74 found just 40% were confused about screening advice.