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PSA testing for Prostate Cancer

PSA testing for Prostate Cancer

In New Zealand, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men.

In New Zealand, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men. Most men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer will not die of it, but it can have a major impact on a man’s life. Māori and Pacific men are more likely to die of prostate cancer compared with other NZ men.

Men without prostate symptoms should talk to their doctor and use a decision tool such as kupe.net.nz before deciding whether to have a PSA test. Making a decision to have a PSA test or not is different for every man. We urge men with prostate symptoms to have these checked by their doctor so that they can get the right investigations and treatment if they need it. Māori and Pacific men are more likely to die from prostate cancer and every effort should be made to identify those with a family history of the disease, to investigate symptoms and to follow-up to ensure equitable surveillance and/or care if cancer is detected. This position statement is for people seeking information about PSA testing. 

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