The Great Prostate Scandal

Three quarters of GPs aren’t aware of Government guidance on a man’s right to have a test for prostate cancer and 15% of GPs don’t support that right according to John Neate, chief executive of The Prostate Cancer Charity.

You can read the full article on The Great Prostate Scandal here.

John Neate said

“The scandalous reality [is that] the government, through its Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme (PCRMP) says that every man over 50 who doesn’t have symptoms of prostate cancer is entitled to ask his GP for a PSA test. Yet, 70% of men aged 50-70 don’t even know that the test exists, let alone their right to request it – men are effectively denied the right to make a choice. And if you think that’s bad, it gets even worse for men from less affluent backgrounds who are much less likely to be aware of the test, or even of the disease itself.

“Moreover, three out of four GPs are unaware that these guidelines exist and, shockingly, 15% of GPs do not support the right of men without symptoms to have access to the PSA test, even after these men have considered its pros and cons and decided that they want a test. I have been one such man; I had to overcome resistance from my own doctor. Although only anecdotal evidence, we do regularly receive complaints to our helpline from men who feel they were denied the test.”



Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

Posted in NEWS, World News On Men's Issues

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