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Getting diagnosed

Your GP will ask you about your symptoms including what they are, when you get them and whether anything you do makes them better or worse. They will also examine you. This usually includes an examination of your prostate gland. You might also have a blood test. Your doctor will then decide about whether to refer you to a specialist.

Seeing your GP

Find out what happens when you see your GP and how to get the most out of your appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist (urologist) within 2 weeks if you have symptoms that could be due to prostate cancer, including a raised PSA level.


Find out about screening for prostate cancer.

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test

The PSA test is a blood test. Men with prostate cancer can have a raised level of PSA.

Tests to diagnose

Find out about the tests used to diagnose prostate cancer.


Tests to stage

The stage of a cancer means how big it is and whether it’s spread.

Last reviewed: 
26 Feb 2014

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