If you have symptoms of prostate cancer, you may have a PSA blood test and the digital rectal examination. There is no single, simple test to detect prostate cancer. Two commonly used tests are the PSA blood test and the digital rectal examination. However, these tests, used separately or in combination, only show changes in the prostate. They do not diagnose cancer. If either test shows an abnormality, your GP will refer you to a urologist for further evaluation.
Many people feel understandably shocked and upset when told they have prostate cancer. If you need support, call Cancer Council 13 11 20.
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