Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test
Where to begin?? Wish there was a simple answer here but, like with a lot of decisions, you’re going to have to look at the best evidence, weigh some pros and cons and figure out what’s best for you. I might be a little biased here but I would also say that talking to your doctor about these sorts of screening decisions can be really helpful.
The Best of the Rest
|B.C. Cancer Agency Prostate Cancer Resources
||Various materials related to prostate cancer from screening, to diagnosis, to treatment.
||Specifically created for patients in B.C. but has links to quality information which should be able to answer frequently asked questions about prostate cancer regardless of where you live.|
|PSA Test Fact Sheet
||This page from Cancer Institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) answers lots of frequently asked questions and discusses the limitations of the PSA test as a screening tool.
||Lots of useful information here. Especially like the infographic that they include. As they say, a picture of a thousand men is worth a thousand words.|
|Testing for Prostate Cancer
||This booklet from the American Cancer Society was designed to help you decide whether you want to be tested for prostate cancer.
||Clearly written with lots of pictures. They also include a useful decision-making tool at the end to help you figure out what's important to you and weigh your options before you make a choice about whether to be screened.|
|Prostate Cancer: Informed Decision Making for Patients
||In this video from the American Cancer Society a group of men discuss whether they will be tested for prostate cancer.
||OK, so maybe not Oscar worthy acting here but these guys have some useful things to say about the nuances of prostate screening and there's a bit of comic relief to lighten the mood.|