The prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is a blood test that measures levels of PSA protein in the blood.
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Before deciding whether to have the PSA test, it can help to think about the possible benefits and disadvantages. You can talk about these with your GP or nurse.
To help you make your decision, you could think about these questions:
Deciding whether or not to have the PSA test can be hard. By thinking about what’s important to you, you can make the decision that’s best for you. Using the NHS decision making aid may help you with this.
If you have further questions, contact your GP. You can also call our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00. They can discuss the options with you and send you more information.
It was my final decision, but it wasn’t a decision that I went off and made on my own. It was in combination with my family, with my wife and the GP.
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If you're weighing up the possible benefits and disadvantages of the PSA test, it might help to talk through it.
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