Prostate cancer screening
When and where to get screened for prostate cancer.
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Why you should screen
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in men. The cause of prostate cancer is unknown. Research has found it is most common in men who:
- are over age 50
- have a family history of prostate cancer
- are of African ancestry
If caught early, treatment is often successful. If you need treatment, your doctor will discuss the options with you.
The Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is the best way to detect prostate cancer but may also produce false results.
When to go for testing
Talk to your doctor about your personal level of risk for prostate cancer and whether you should take a PSA test.
Where to go for testing
See your doctor or nurse practitioner.
OHIP pays for PSA tests if:
- a physician or nurse practitioner suspects prostate cancer and refers you for testing
- you been diagnosed with prostate cancer and are receiving treatment
- you are being monitored after treatment for prostate cancer
You will pay for your PSA test if:
- you do not have a referral from a doctor or nurse practitioner