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Getting diagnosed

You usually start by seeing your GP. They will ask you about your general health and symptoms and usually examine your prostate gland. And you might have a blood test. 

Your doctor then decides whether to refer you to a specialist.

Seeing your GP

There are some things you can do to get the most out of your GP appointment.

Referral to a specialist

Your GP should arrange for you to see a specialist if you have symptoms that could be due to prostate cancer. 


There is no national screening programme for prostate cancer because we don’t have a reliable enough test to use. Current tests have risks.

Tests to diagnose

Tests to diagnose prostate cancer can include a digital rectam examination (DRE), PSA test and a MRI scan. 


Tests to stage

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

Last reviewed: 
22 May 2019

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