What to expect at your appointment
It is requested that you read carefully the Prostate Cancer Screening Summary Document that was sent to you, prior to your appointment. At your appointment you will see one of our experienced medical practitioners. A full history and examination will be undertaken and a DRE (digital rectal examination) will be performed.
A discussion about the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening will then be undertaken and any questions you have regarding testing will then be answered. If you wish to proceed with prostate cancer testing, you will be requested to sign an informed consent form stating that you have read the Prostate Cancer Screening Summary Document, that you understand the risks and benefits of prostate cancer testing and that you wish to proceed with testing and undergo a PSA blood test. A request for the PSA blood test will then be given to you and arrangements for this test to be performed and a follow up appointment made.
At the follow up appointment, the results of the PSA will be discussed and an estimate of your risk of prostate cancer will be given to you. Further recommendations will then be made depending on your individual risk. You will either be recommended to:
- Have a repeat PSA now
- Have a repeat PSA in 12 months
- Have a repeat PSA in 24 months
- Have a repeat PSA in 5 years
- Have a consultation with a Urologist due to either an abnormal PSA or DRE
If the results of your PSA and DRE are normal then a follow up PSA blood test and an appointment will be made in advance. It is extremely important that this appointment is kept and a reminder will be sent to you 2 weeks prior to the appointment.