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  • Australia has no government-sponsored prostate screening program like the breast, bowel or cervical cancer screening programs.
  • Men have the option to be tested if they are at higher risk of prostate cancer or are proactive about testing and are informed of the risks and benefits.
  • There are two common tests for prostate cancer: a prostate-specific antigen blood test and a digital rectal examination. Neither of these is completely accurate.
  • A biopsy of some prostate tissue may be needed to confirm a diagnosis of prostate cancer.
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of prostate cancer testing and treatment with your doctor before having a prostate-specific antigen blood test.

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Reviewed on: 17-05-2019