Having tests for prostate cancer

Booklet
Published: 31 Oct 2021
Next review: 31 Oct 2023
Edition: 4
This booklet is for anyone who may be having tests for prostate cancer. We hope it answers some of your questions and helps you deal with some of the feelings you may have.
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Published: 31 Oct 2021
Next review: 31 Oct 2023
Edition: 4
This booklet is for anyone who may be having tests for prostate cancer. We hope it answers some of your questions and helps you deal with some of the feelings you may have.

About this booklet

Tests for prostate cancer can be divided into the following 2 groups:

  • Diagnostic tests, which are done to find out if you have prostate cancer (see pages 12 to 23).
  • Staging tests, which are done if you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. These tests help doctors decide which treatment is most suitable for you (see pages 24 to 26).

We cannot advise you about healthcare decisions. You should talk to your doctor, who knows your medical history.

Visit our online information about prostate cancer.

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