Survey of the rate of PSA testing in general practice

Br J Cancer. 2001 Sep 1;85(5):656-7. doi: 10.1054/bjoc.2001.1962.


The use of prostate specific antigen (PSA) test could have a large impact on the incidence of prostate cancer in the UK. Over a period of 1 year (1999), 3.5% out of 160 015 men aged > 45 on a GP database, who had no previous record of prostate cancer, had a PSA test. Of the tested men, 21.3% had a PSA > 4 ng/ml. Future data need to distinguish between men with and without symptoms.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Family Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Health Care Surveys / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostate-Specific Antigen / analysis*
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Prostate-Specific Antigen