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New prostate cancer pack launched for GPs

30th March 2016

The government has introduced a new prostate cancer pack to provide GPs with updated information on the way the disease is discussed with patients.

Currently, the prostate specific antigen test is not recommended for a nationwide rollout, but many men can benefit who are concerned about prostate cancer can benefit from using it.

As such, the new information from Public Health England is designed to help guide men and their GPs when deciding whether to have the test. It includes a full evidence document, with summary information sheets for GPs and men over 50.

Dr Anne Mackie, Public Health England's director of screening, said: "There are potential harms as well as benefits in taking the test, and we know that many men really appreciate the opportunity to discuss the test with their GP."

The test works by measuring the amount of prostate specific antigen in the bloodstream. While it can be used to catch the disease early, there is also a risk of missed diagnoses or false positives, which mean the person may subsequently undergo unnecessary treatment.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801815595-ADNFCR

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