PSA test for prostate cancer

Encouraged by family, friends and the media

Men we talked to often had more than one reason for having a PSA test (see sections on the influence of 'Family history and other concerns about cancer', 'Symptoms', and 'Routine health checks'). Some said that they first thought about having a PSA test because family or friends encouraged them to take action. 

The media influenced men too. Journalists and health professionals, writing for newspapers and magazines, often encourage men to have regular health checks. Some of these writers suggest that check-ups should include a PSA test. The man mentioned above said that his decision to have a PSA test was also influenced by the death of a friend and by the media.

One man said that a business associate encouraged him to have a PSA test. Then his wife put pressure on him to have the test. 

Friends and family can also influence men not to have the test. Although partners are often thought to encourage men to have health checks one man told us that his partner was very much against the idea of a test, believing that the disadvantages outweighed the benefits. 

Last reviewed May 2016.
Last updated May 2016.

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