July 1, 2009
Discover background information about PSA screening and testing for prostate cancer based on available evidence in this 2009 document
This document includes screening practices to be considered and avoided.
PSA screening practices in Canada vary by province. It is estimated that 35 to 75 per cent of the male population over 50 years of age has had at least one PSA test. This testing has changed the age structure of the disease.
Based on the evidence, the expert panel recommends not expanding PSA screening practices beyond the current ad hoc situation. Doing so may produce net harm.