Cancer Society's prostate cancer screening stance labelled 'fraught with danger'
When Conor English turned 50, he, like many men do, turned up to his doc for a warrant of fitness. He discussed getting a PSA test – a routine blood test which helps detect prostate cancer.
But there was no family history – or so he thought – and he had no symptoms, so the test didn’t happen for another four years. By that point, the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes.
English is calling on the Cancer Society to change its stance on PSA testing, which encourages asymptomatic men to “weigh the potential advantages and disadvantages of PSA testing and treatment before deciding whether to proceed”, citing a risk of unneccessary treatment.