Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Jury out on Prostate Tests; PSA Small Part of Thediagnosis:survivor

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Jury out on Prostate Tests; PSA Small Part of Thediagnosis:survivor

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Vanessa Chircop

vanessa.chircop@dailymercury.com.au

NEW research suggests prostate cancers are being over diagnosed through the unreliable PSA test.

In the past 20 years diagnoses have increased 276%.

A Mackay prostate cancer survivor and co-convenor of the Mackay Support Group, John Clinton, said it had been known for a long time that PSA testing was inconclusive and only a small part of testing for the cancer.

"You need that and if you do have a diagnosis you need to get that followed up," Mr Clinton said.

The over-diagnosis could be leading to many men receiving unnecessary invasive treatment.

Mr Clinton, who had a PSA test before being diagnosed, said it was still important to get tested.

When he was tested, Mr Clinton's PSA levels weren't that high but he chose to get further tests.

"It was in a range where you could just watch it," he said. "I asked for a biopsy."

The biopsy revealed cancer was present and needed to be removed. …

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